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Rookwood Pottery Company

Rookwood Pottery was one of the most notable pottery producers in Ohio at the turn of the century. Known for their remarkably diverse designs, Rookwood pottery pieces are some of the most popular among collectors today.

Established in 1880, Rookwood Pottery was the creation of Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, who was inspired to pursue new approaches to pottery following her visit to Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Borrowing the name of her father's country house, Storer christened her new facility Rookwood and turned to production of art pottery by late that same year.

Rookwood's team of designers innovated in their shapes and glazes, which consistently won over American consumers. From subtle earthen hues to bolder designs inspired by the Japonism trend, Rookwood ceramics experienced ongoing success through the early decades of the 20th century. Now collector's items, Rookwood pottery pieces are a treasured component of any ceramic collection.


Quick Facts

  • Rookwood Pottery Company was a featured exhibitor at the Parisian Exposition Universelle in 1889
  • Rookwood also produced an array of decorative ceramic tiles that were used in significant structures, including Chicago's Monroe Building, which restored all of its Rookwood Pottery tiles in 2012
  • So celebrated is the heritage of Rookwood pottery in Ohio that the Cincinnati Art Museum has an entire gallery of Rookwood works on permanent display

Recommended Items at Auction

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ROOKWOOD POTTERY 2428 1926 VASE ARTS AND CRAFTS
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
ROOKWOOD POTTERY 2428 1926 VASE ARTS AND CRAFTS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $150- $200
$454 Bids
(3pc) Vintage Rookwood Owl Ashtray & Candleholder
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(3pc) Vintage Rookwood Owl Ashtray & Candleholder
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
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ROOKWOOD MATTE GLAZE VASE Circa 1928 Height 10". Width 6.5".
Nov 04, 9:30 AM EDT
ROOKWOOD MATTE GLAZE VASE Circa 1928 Height 10". Width 6.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
Louise Abel Rookwood Pottery Hound Dog Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Louise Abel Rookwood Pottery Hound Dog Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic items, four: tallest: 2 7/8"dia x 6 1/4"h
Nov 10, 10:00 AM CST
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic items, four: tallest: 2 7/8"dia x 6 1/4"h
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic vases, four: tallest: 3 1/8"dia x 6 7/8"h
Nov 10, 10:00 AM CST
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic vases, four: tallest: 3 1/8"dia x 6 7/8"h
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
Rookwood Pottery group of glazed ceramic items, four: tallest: 3 3/8"dia x 5 1/8"h
Nov 10, 10:00 AM CST
Rookwood Pottery group of glazed ceramic items, four: tallest: 3 3/8"dia x 5 1/8"h
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic vases, three: tallest (blue): 3 1/8"dia x 6 1/4"h
Nov 10, 10:00 AM CST
Rookwood Pottery group of matte glazed ceramic vases, three: tallest (blue): 3 1/8"dia x 6 1/4"h
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Rookwood Vase
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Rookwood Vase
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$300 Bids
Pair of Rookwood Vases by Margaret H. McDonald
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Pair of Rookwood Vases by Margaret H. McDonald
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $1,300- $1,500
$1,2000 Bids
Rookwood Vellum Pottery Vase by Sallie Coyne #950D
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Rookwood Vellum Pottery Vase by Sallie Coyne #950D
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4500 Bids
Early Rookwood Pottery Lidded Stein & Vase
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Rookwood Pottery Lidded Stein & Vase
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
1931 Rookwood Mottled Glaze Art Pottery Vase
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
1931 Rookwood Mottled Glaze Art Pottery Vase
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Vintage Rookwood Art Pottery Classical Paneled Ewer
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Rookwood Art Pottery Classical Paneled Ewer
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Rookwood Faience Figural Plaque
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Rookwood Faience Figural Plaque
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Rookwood Ashtray
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Rookwood Ashtray
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
Albert Valentien for Rookwood Crane Vase
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Albert Valentien for Rookwood Crane Vase
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids

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