Rookwood Pottery Price Guide

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Maria Longworth Nichols started Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880, one of the few women to start up such a company. She ran the company until 1883 and then turned over control to William W. Taylor who built it up into a major pottery firm.

Rookwood Pottery ranges in value from hundreds per piece to thousands. The price is often determined by the artist's cipher found on each piece, when present. These marks were used on Rookwood's desirable hand decorated wares, but will not be found on the company's monotone pastel production lines.

Kataro Shirayamadani, a skilled ceramics artisan, began decorating pottery for Rookwood in 1887. His work represents some of the company's most valuable wares. A piece decorated by Shirayamadani sold at Cincinnati Art Galleries in 2004 for $350,750. Although valuable, most Rookwood pieces will not bring anywhere close to this figure at auction.

Rookwood Bengal Brown Vase by Earl Menzel

Dated 1951 and marked "S" for special, this piece was signed by the artist, Earl Menzel and finished with volcanic drip glaze. Condition: excellent. Size: 8" tall.

Selling price: $270 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Earl Menzel Bengal Brown Vase
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Rookwood Arts & Crafts Bowl by Albert Pons

Artist initialed AP for Albert Pons. Carved floral design. Shape # 1111. Condition: excellent. Size: 5 1/2" in diameter.

Selling price: $300 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Albert Pons Arts & Crafts Bowl
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Rookwood Standard Glaze Ewer

Dated with four flames around the reverse RP logo for 1890. Artist initialed and hand painted with floral decoration. Shape T534D W. Some factory glaze roughness under ruffled rim. Condition: excellent. Size: 9" x 5".

Selling price: $450 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Standard Glaze Ewer
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Rookwood Light Green Arts & Crafts Bowl

Incised Arts & Crafts design at rim. Shape 214C. Condition: excellent. Size: 3" x 6".

Selling price: $210 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Light Green Arts & Crafts Bowl
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Rookwood Blue Drip Glaze Vase

Marked with "RP" artist's cipher. Heavy glaze effect drip of numerous colors. Shape 6514E. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/2" x 4".

Selling price: $210 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Blue Drip Vase
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Rookwood Arts & Crafts Bowl

Arts & Crafts geometric design with feathered red to green glaze. Shape 957DD. Condition: excellent. Size: 2 1/2" x 6".

Selling price: $150 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Arts & Crafts Bowl
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Rookwood Production Pottery Footed Bowl

Production pottery refers to pieces that were not artist decorated and are generally not as highly valued. This piece features Arts & Crafts decoration around the rim. Condition: excellent. Size: 8" x 2 1/2".

Selling price: $90 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Production Pottery Footed Bowl
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Rookwood Wisteria Vase by Irene Bishop

Marked 1911, 901-D and signed I.B. for Irene Bishop. Standard glaze with hand-painted wisteria images on both sides. Vibrant colors. Only one tiny chip in glaze in back and crazing from age. Condition: excellent. Size: 7 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Selling price: $570 (Morphy Auctions - 10/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Wisteria Vase Decorated by Irene Bishop in 1911
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Rookwood Vellum Roses Vase by Fred Rothenbusch

Decorated by artist Fred Rothenbusch as initialed under base. Condition: excellent. Size: 8 3/4" tall.

Selling price: $826 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vellum Roses Vase
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Rookwood Iris Glazed Geese Vase by A.R. Valentien

Fine quality vase decorated by A.R. Valentien depicting geese in flight. Shape #925A. Condition: excellent. Size: 15" tall.

Selling price: $17,700 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Iris Glazed Geese Vase
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Rookwood Rooster Floor Vase by Arthur Conant

Decorated by artist Arthur Conant. Impressive size and spectacular glaze. Marked with shape #306 and artist initials. Restoration to rim. Size: 24 3/4" T.

Selling price: $5,015 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Described by auction house as excellent condition in spite of restoration to rim due to rarity. Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Rooster Floor Vase
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Rookwood Vellum Birds, Trees Vase by Sara Sax

Decorated by artist Sara Sax. Artist initials under base, shape #1131A, and V for Vellum glaze. Condition: excellent. Size: 14" tall.

Selling price: $5,310 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vellum Birds, Trees & Flowers Vase
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Rookwood Iris Glazed Mushroom Vase by Carl Schmidt

Decorated by one of Rookwood's finest artists, Carl Schmidt. Marked with shape #900B, artist initials, and impressed W. Condition: excellent. Size: 9" tall.

Selling price: $3,835 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Iris Glazed Mushroom Vase
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Rookwood Scenic Vellum Vase by Ed Diers

Decorated by artist Ed Diers as marked on bottom along with V for Vellum glaze. Shape #10653. Condition: excellent. Size: 11" tall.

Selling price: $2,124 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Scenic Vellum Vase
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Rookwood Vellum Rose Vase by Sara Sax

Decorated by artist Sara Sax. Dated 1931. Marked with V designating Vellum glaze. Condition: excellent. Size: 6 1/2" tall.

Selling price: $531 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vellum Floral Vase By Artist Sara Sax
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Rookwood Blue Faience Tile in Arts & Crafts Frame

Condition: excellent. Size framed: 9 1/4" x 9 1/4".

Selling price: $224.20

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Blue Faience Tile
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Rookwood Faience Tile with Flower Pot Motif

Framed in Arts & Crafts oak sewn wood frame. Condition: excellent. Size framed: 9 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Selling price: $188.80 (Morphy Auctions - 6/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Flower Pot Faience Tile
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Rookwood Faience Rondel Ship Scene Tile

Surrounded by contemporary tiles and in oak frame. Some crazing on the Rookwood tile. Condition: excellent. Size Framed: 36 1/2" x 36 1/4".

Value: $1,035 (Morphy Auctions - 1/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Faience Rondel Ship Scene Tile
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Rookwood Faience Tile

Brown clay and deep maroon faience tile with incised decoration in a contemporary oak and ebony frame. Condition: excellent. Size framed: 14 1/2" x 14 3/4".

Value: $207 (Morphy Auctions - 1/11)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Faience Tile
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Rookwood Brown Handled Vase

Signed "NJH" and marked "Rookwood 1893". Condition: near mint. Size: 5" tall.

Value: $263.25 (Morphy Auctions - 12/09)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rockwood Brown Handled Vase
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Rookwood Vase with Leaf Decor

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 13" tall.

Value: $13,800 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vase with Leaf Decor
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Rookwood Handled Jug with Bird Decor

Signed "NJH." Marked "Rookwood 1893." Condition: near mint. Size: 5" tall.

Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Handled Jug with Bird Decor
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Rookwood Pastel Floral Design Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Has crazing but no chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. Condition: very good to excellent.

Value: $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Pastel Floral Design Vase
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Rookwood Small Art Pottery Vase

Description Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 7" tall.

Value: $143.75 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Small Art Pottery Vase
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Rookwood Pink Raised Floral Vase

Rookwood mark on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 10 1/2" tall.

Value: $287.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Pink Raised Floral Vase
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Rookwood Floral Vase

Rookwood stamp incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 7" tall.

Value: $805 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Floral Vase
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Rookwood Vase with Raised Leaf Pattern

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 8" tall.

Value: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vase with Raised Leaf Pattern
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Rookwood Blue Art Pottery Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 7 1/2" tall.

Value: $287.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Vintage Rookwood Art Pottery Vase
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Rookwood Blue Vase

Rookwood stamp incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 7" tall.

Value: $201.25 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Blue Vase
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Rookwood Lily Pad Pottery Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Excellent color. Condition: excellent. Size: 7" tall.

Value: $805 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Lily Pad Pottery Vase
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Rookwood Art Moderne Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 6 3/4" tall.

Value: $172.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Art Pottery Vase
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Rookwood Dragonfly Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. Condition: excellent. Size 7" tall.

Value: $287.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Dragonfly Vase
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Rookwood Vase with Incised Greek Key Decor

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 4 1/2" tall.

Value: $201.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vase with Incised Greek Key Decor
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Rookwood Deco Styled Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Small 1/4" chip on base. Size: 11 1/2" tall.

Value: $345 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Without damage, this piece would have likely sold in the $800-1,000 range. Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Deco Styled Vase
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Rookwood Art Pottery Vase

Modernist design with indentation to floral decor. Rookwood mark incised on base with artist initials "C.S.T." Condition: excellent. Size: 9 1/4" tall.

Value: $862.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Art Pottery Vase
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Rookwood Vase with Primitive Design

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 9 1/2" tall.

Value: $517.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Vase with Primitive Design
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Rookwood Yellow Small Vase

Rookwood mark incised on bottom. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/2" tall.

Value: $57.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

Rookwood Pottery Yellow Small Vase
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