Rookwood Vellum Glazed River Scene Vase


A tree-lined shoreline is reflected in a calm river in this atmospheric landscape that is softly illustrated in a neutral autumnal palette of blue, orange and brown glazes on this Rookwood pottery vase of ovoid form dating from the mid-twentieth century. Stamped on the base is: "RP XLVIII 6920". Measures: 12 1/4 x 7 inches.

The back-to-back “R” and “P” surround by flames is the trademark of Rookwood, the “XLVIII” denotes the year of production, 1948, and "6920" 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.