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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Van Briggle art pottery

Van Briggle art pottery

By: Ann Brandt

As seen in the Antique Shoppe Newspaper, November 2005

Artus Van Briggle only lived 35 years, but he left behind an artistic legacy. Van Briggle was called genius, an artist and potter. He is all these things, work with intensity, fueled in the last five years of his life by the death of future TB.

Van Briggle job before becoming widely known, most of the art of pottery has been completed with the description of a high and colorful decoration, fashion design in Victoria which flowering. Style changes to the end of the nineteenth century with the advent of the European Art Nouveau artists and architects began to explore the new and modern type of art. Van Briggle was a key figure in bringing the concept of Art Nouveau to the United States.

A satin sheen, which softened and curved designs, patterns and things taken from nature and legend to create a unique piece Van Briggle pottery in art.

After serving an apprenticeship in Avon Ohio in the pottery art and continue to study at the Cincinnati Art School, worked in Artus Company Rookwood pottery. Company in 1893 sent him to Paris where he lived for three years, attending classes and studying old master works of art. There, he became interested in Oriental potteries, visiting museums and admiring the dull gloss glaze of ancient works of art. Enchantment with the "dead glaze" used during the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644 will bring Van Briggle become lifelong task of rediscovering and perfecting recipes for glaze that recognize unique collectors in Van Briggle piece.

A catalyst for the creation and success of the work is a Van Briggle Arts and Crafts movement. During the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, industrial revolution and mass production of goods and materials that encourage a lot of artists and craftsmen for greater efforts in handcrafting beautiful for the broad market. Art Nouveau (new art) in the United States evolved from the American Arts and Crafts movement with the emphasis on simplicity of design and expertise.

End of the event is entered into the making of Van Briggle Art Potteries going on Artus's relocation to the Colorado Springs, in 1899 when he failed health care must be shown to the dry climate. On the advice of your doctor, take the Van Briggle start long walk in the canyons in and around the Garden of Allah. Using Clays imported from the region and he Clays and mixing fuel with the experimental glazes until it was brought back to life Ming glaze. During the summer of 1900, Van Briggle first exhibition was held in the dead glaze Paris Exposition. At the time he arrived in Colorado, he won gold and silver medals for his work in Paris. Only months before his death, he won six medals at the 1904 Louis Exposition.

In December 1901, the first public display and sale of Van Briggle art pottery produced sell out all 300 units. Pottery company which was formally established in February 2002 in a small garage with one assistant. Artus years of married Anne Gregory Lawrence whom he met while studying in Paris the previous year. Together they work in the Van Briggle logo Double-A in the square, which continues to be used and is found in almost every part of the Van Briggle.

Artus after died in 1904, Anne became president of the company and continue to run the pottery to extend an additional eight years. In 1910, the contribution to the company's financial reorganization, and the name "Van Briggle pottery and Tile Company. After a series of ownership changes, natural catastrophes, and financial problems, in 1955 the pottery moved to Midland Terminal roundhouse near U.S. Highway 24 is owned and run by Craig Stevenson who is also in charge in Van Briggle art pottery design work.

Artus has developed a process to make the tiles before he died and he said that Anne sketched in the design for ceramics. Art tiles continues to be part of the company line. Tiles long enough expensive, running up to $ 600 for a single tile. No one knows exactly the number of an old house in Colorado Springs include decorated with Van Briggle tile; estimates range from two dozen to two hundred. Now, the ceramics produced in the pottery is considered an economical way to start a collection of Van Briggle, and tour groups can enjoy the pottery of the opportunity to press a tile. Collectors to buy new tiles to be used as trivets or hot pads for the dining table.

In addition to tiles, vases, and bowls, which produce figurals pottery, working in an image is an integral part of the overall design. The Lorelei, which is based on the legends of the famous lady in the Rhine River luring sailors they die, is one of the Artus first and most famous design. Lorelei vary in value from $ 875 - $ 1025 for part of 1920 to $ 125 to $ 325 for a single piece produced in the late 1980s. Lorelei native who is in the Louvre.

Cup-cup that is sometimes called the Toast-Cup is the most famous creation, the price of $ 6500 to $ 8000. Designed by Artus in 1900 and produced in 1920 of the original found in the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.

Other famous Van Briggle is sadness, depicting a curve around and blended into the top of the large vase. This is a design had been developed at this time reflect on the death of Artus future. It was purchased by Louvre for $ 3000 after winning the first prize at the Paris Salon exhibitions. However, you can buy new or sadness Lorelei for under $ 200.

Special lamp with butterfly-pattern Shades have become a part of the Van Briggle line also, prices vary from $ 75 for a light year from 1980 to the present for more than $ 400 for the old. You can search for Van Briggle creation in e-bay, at auction, or art shows. Vases, bowls, and sometimes appear in figurals garage sales, often when the seller does not realize the full value of the whole. But you get the Van Briggle pieces, the value will grow.

Artus want it to mirror art pottery from the Colorado landscape colors: the bright turquoise of the sky, the reds, grays, browns, yellows, blues, and purples of the striking contrast in the canyons of the Colorado mountains, and the subtle tones in the morning and evening in the plains. Particularly charming is the fruit that shows a mixture of colors.

The glaze colors in Van Briggle art pottery with a wide variety of through the years. From 1912 until 1920, or Ming Turquoise Turquoise Blue, Mulberry, and Craig Brown of Mount glazes used. Persian Rose, which is lighter than the maroon Mulberry, was used 1946-1968. Colors include Moonglo, Honey Gold, Jet Black, and Green Lake Trout. From 1970 until now, Sun Turquoise and variations Moonglo, brown, Midnight, and other colors appear in the Van Briggle creation.

Determine the date of production in certain parts, especially the pottery produced after 1920, it is difficult for beginning collectors. Collectors to see the color of clay, under the enamel, glaze color and type of letters. All Van Briggle is signed with the company logo - the double "A" in the square.

Today, the pottery continued under the name of the founder. Stevenson once said that Artus can run on at this time, start working, and feel right at home; techniques instituted that he does not change. Group of dedicated artists and craftsmen who continue to work to bring Art Nouveau from Europe to the United States and into ours.

For additional information:


Sasicki, Richard and Josie Fania, The Collector's Encyclopedia of Van Briggle pottery Art, Collector Books, Kentucky, 1993. Books that contain much information about the identification and dating.

Rago, Suzanne Perrault and David, Miller's: How do I Compare & Value American art pottery:

www. amartl2ot. Org American art pottery Association - online exchange of information, opinions, and comments on art pottery scene.

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