My Vintage and Antique Pottery Collection
My Favorite Pieces of Vintage and Antique Pottery
A lot of the pieces in my antique pottery collection are a mystery to me. Unlike my vintage teacup collection and my vintage porcelain collection, I do not have as much information about my pottery to share. However, the photographs of the beautiful pieces are worth sharing, and I will tell you everything I know and share photos of the pottery marks.
One of my favorite cabinet plates is shown as the introduction photo. It was made by Jaeger & Co. There are similar plates made by Jaeger & Co. with an apple or plum design on the front. It is signed on the front by A. Koch, the artist who hand-painted the design.
Bavaria Jaeger & Co. Pottery Mark
This photo shows a pottery mark which was used between 1898 and 1923—it's for the "Louise" series. The company is Porzellanfabrik Jaeger & Co. Marktredwitz.
The Differences Between Porcelain and Pottery
When porcelain is held to the light, it is translucent; pottery is opaque.
Porcelain is stronger than pottery.
Bone China is porcelain. It has some animal bone ash in the mix of the clay used.
German Beer Pitcher
I can tell you it was in my parents' home in the 1970s, but I believe it pre-dates that.
The other curious thing about it is, if I put flowers in it, they die in a day. It leads me to believe there is probably lead or some other chemical in the paint. Hence, I never use it to serve a beverage.
Identifying the pottery mark is difficult. The pottery mark is incised and looks like an "S" or a reversed "2". If you have any information on this pitcher's origin, please leave a comment in the comment section at the end of this article.
Vintage Peasant-Looking Woman Planter
Although this is broken in numerous places, I include it here because I love it. Ever since I was a little child, I remember it sitting on my grandmother's end table radio combo. Besides the sentimental value, I just love the character of the lady and the coloring of the planter; it looks so Old World.
The only pottery mark is "9011". If you have any information on the manufacturer and origin of my lady planter, please leave a comment.
Vintage Pottery Beer Stein
The Beer Stein was made by Marzy & Remy. This mark was used from 1879 to 1964. See the Stein Marks link at the end of this article for more information.
This is a very colorful vase. It was a wedding gift from my grandmother to my mother in 1942, and it is typical of Italian ceramics. The only mark on the bottom is the word "Italy" painted. Suggestions from readers so far are: Majolica or Deruta from Umbria, Italy
Care of Vintage and Antique Pottery
Vintage and antique pottery was not made with pigments that survive a dishwasher. Always hand-wash your pottery.
Georg Schmider Pottery—Zell am Harmersbach, Germany
This is considered majolica pottery as it is tin-glazed. The "S" inside the "G" on the pottery mark indicates this was made by Georg Schmider in Zell am Hermersbach, Germany.
I see quite a few Georg Schmider pottery marks similar to the one on the back of this plate. All were used after 1933. There are many varied and beautiful patterns. Plates with an aqua background include water lilies, dandelions, and birds. The rustic-looking maple leaf becomes available from time to time. This has a more autumn color background to it.
Vintage Cow Cream Pitcher
This cow creamer belonged to my grandmother. I believe this is a very inexpensive piece of pottery. I include it here for its historical value. In the 1950s, almost everyone had one of these. No matter what their china pattern, the cow creamer came out with the coffee. It is only marked "Japan" on the bottom in paint.
Roseville Pottery—Corinthian Jardiniere
This is called a jardiniere. It consists of a pedestal with a separate flower pot. When I first wrote about this piece I only had the pedestal and not the pot. It was my grandmother's and for as far back as I can remember she only had the pedestal and used it with a mismatched pot as her matching pot broke. It's not unusual today to find only one piece of a jardiniere surviving.
Luckily, while re-editing this article, I found a matching pot for sale on eBay. I feel as if I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This is one of my favorite pieces, in the Corinthian design, it was manufactured by Roseville in 1923. The column is fluted, the base has a design of flowers, and the top has an egg and dart design.
Roseville Pottery Reproductions
Be aware that there are many reproductions of Roseville pottery. Some of them are quite good and may easily fool even the very knowledgeable buyer.
If you are truly interested in purchasing Roseville pottery, you should arm yourself with as much information as possible before making an expensive purchase. Photographs of the pottery marks and clear pictures of the patterns will help. Warman's makes a very good guide for identifying pottery marks and spotting fakes.
Mason's Ironstone, Brocade Pattern Pattern (Discontinued in 1977)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Pottery Mark Information
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