Rookwood Vellum Glazed Landscape Vase


A tree-lined landscape with a mountain range in the distance is softly illustrated in a neutral palette of blue and brown glazes, and initialed "MM" in the underglaze for artist Margaret Helen McDonald, on this Rookwood pottery vase of baluster form. Stamped on the base is: "RP XL 614B". Measures: 14 1/2 x 8 inches. A factory-drilled and glazed hole in the base indicates that it can be converted to a lamp. 

The back-to-back “R” and “P” surround by flames is the trademark of Rookwood, the “XL” denotes the year of production, 1940, and "614B"  refers to the shape number of the vase. Maria Longworth Storer founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880, named for the family's Cincinnati estate. Rookwood was one of the first manufacturing companies in the United States to be founded and headed by a woman. Rookwood pottery was the first American ceramics company to gain recognition for its artistry. After a Rookwood entry won a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889, the worldview of American ceramics was forever changed.