ROSEVILLE POTTERY Pillow Vase in Dahlrose Stamped E. C. Brown Pottery Cincinnati Circa 1924
Wonderful early PILLOW VASE made by Roseville Pottery from the DAHLROSE line. The line features large yellow crown daisy-like blooms with brown centers and green leaves on a textured, greenish brown body.
Roseville introduced Dahlrose in 1924 and continued to produce the line until 1928. The Dahlrose line is considered to be part of Roseville’s “early period," referred to as Rozane Ware and one of the patterns that segued the pottery manufacturer into its floral lines. Unlike Roseville’s “mid-period” and later lines, Dahlrose pieces had quite a bit of hand painting and details that were cast by hand.
In regards to size, the pillow vase has two small square handles and a rectangular base and form. It stands 6 ¼” high and is 8 ¼” in length handle to handle. The rim opening is approximately 6” in length by 2” wide. The vase is in exceptional condition with no damage, chips, cracks or crazing.
The piece is not marked Roseville. While it is not unusual for early pieces of Roseville, including Dahlrose to be found unmarked*, what is unusual is that it is marked with a circular ink stamp: "E.C. Brown Pottery Co. Cincinnati, Cin & Lou Pike."
*Roseville did not introduce its familiar “Roseville” cursive signature mark until 1931. Many early pieces were marked with a sticker, which has been long lost.
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About Roseville Pottery Company:
The Roseville Pottery Company was founded in 1890 by J.F. Weaver in Roseville, Ohio. Along with Rookwood Pottery and Weller Pottery, it was one of the three major art potteries located in Ohio around the turn of the 20th century. Until releasing its first high quality art pottery line, Rozane in 1900, Roseville produced primarily utilitarian ware. The Rozane line was designed to compete against the growing popularity of Rookwood and Weller spurred by the Arts and Crafts movement.
Demand for the more expensive, hand-crafted art pottery declined in the early teens and Roseville shifted production to more commercially produced pottery. In 1917, Frank Ferrell became art director and produced many of today’s most collectible Roseville patterns, including Dahlrose.
Roseville produced its final designs in 1953 and ceased operations the following year.
Note on E.C. Brown Pottery Cincinnati: Very little is know about E.C. Brown Pottery or why Roseville would have ink-stamped brands other than its own on their lines. What is known about E.C. Brown is that their stamp can be found on other pottery pieces from this era, including utilitarian wares. Additionally, many potteries at this time did not have a set policy on how pieces were marked and often promoted the artist or line rather than the maker. Although not confirmed, E.C. Brown was most likely a dealer of Roseville, which may been the reason for the ink-stamp. Roseville was known for being more industrial in their thinking and marketing than Rookwood or Weller and readily found opportunities to adapt to the changing marketplace. Additionally, George Young who joined Roseville when it was incorporated in 1892 and had controlling interest in the company a few years later, had been a former Roseville salesman.
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