June 16, 2021

Mulberry/Persian & Dusty Roses/Pinks, etc.

Early literature lists PINK glazes: Light Pink, Medium Pink, Dark Pink, Mulberry & Dark Plum

Early Varieties of Pinks: Back Row: #674 Mug; #259, 1914; #226, 1903; #805, 1907-12; #693, 1907-12 Front Row: #678, 1907-12; Gnome, estimated teens; #654, 1907-12

Artus developed and documented several shades of rose and pink prior to 1904.  These pieces are all 1903-1914; with the exception of the gnome, who is thought to be from the teens period.  The middle piece in the back row #226, 1903, is a lighter color than the later Persian Rose, and in addition has a Gray Glaze overspray, not blue overspray as seen on Persian Rose.  The three pieces on the front row have a Chartreuse Glaze overspray.


We have no color brochures with glaze names from the early years. Fresh mulberries, when smashed onto these surfaces, are this color. However; an expert’s opinion is that Mulberry would also include those pieces with more of a mulberry background, and dark blue over spray. Examples of those follow.
Early examples considered Mulberry Glaze examples. These have the darker background color; with Persian Rose (shown below) having the lighter “rosier” background color. Observation: Several bookends, lamps, candlesticks, etc. included. (Only one of each pair included due to space.) Mulberry bowl in the middle of photo has a GREEN overspray.

One newspaper article stated that Mulberry was not produced after 1935, which has not be corroborated. Most opinions and written material state that in 1946, Mulberry was lightened to Persian Rose. Persian Rose had a “rosier” base color. Jeff Stevenson adds that Persian Rose was discontinued when the Memorial Pottery on Uintah was closed in 1968, as his father reported poor sales of that glaze.

PERSIAN ROSE – post 1946

Examples of post-1946 Persian Rose. There has been, & remains much discussion about the name of these glazes.

This Persian Rose glaze was discontinued sometime prior to 1969. Jeff Stevenson writes, “When I started at Van Briggle in the summer of 1969, there were only 5 glazes in production: 2 matte glazes (Turquoise Ming and Moonglo) and 3 gloss glazes (Jet Black, Brown and Dark Brown).


Desert Rose introduced in 1982

In April of 1982, Jeff Stevenson introduced the new Desert Rose glaze, which was similar to Persian Rose without the blue mottling. In Sept. 1982, Jeff’s research summary stated, “The glaze was placed into production in April of 1982, and has been quite popular among our customers. it exhibits sufficient stability for use in production, although the color of the fired glaze is still somewhat variable.” The glaze was, however, discontinued in 1983.


Left: Dusty Rose with Blue Mottling
Right: Dusty Rose without Blue Mottling.

Jeff Stevenson writes than in 1988, “I developed another rose glaze, softer/paler than the Desert Rose, which was called Dusty Rose. This one usually received the blue mottling (overglaze), and turned out to be quite popular.”

Variations of “Persian Rose” surfaced at least one or two more times. The VBPCo website, by 2000, had “Persian Rose with Lilac Blue Accent” advertised. This philodendron bowl is marked “VB100” which is the mark used during the Van Briggle Centennial Year of 2000.

“VB 100” mark, 2000, the Centennial Year of VB

The pieces on left & in center were sold as Persian Rose, post 2000. The piece on the right was not called Persian Rose, and perhaps another collector can recall the given glaze name?

Persian Rose Dragonfly Bowl, dated by etcher initials of Laura Bruggner,
an etcher from 2004 until at least 2015 when the VBPCo Guide was printed;
Middle #688 Bowl, dated V5 (2005);
Petite Pansy Bowl in “new color??” dated V5 (2005)