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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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Vintage 1927 Arts & Crafts Rookwood #2136 Art Pottery Matte Pink Peacock Feather Vase
Apr 15, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1927 Arts & Crafts Rookwood #2136 Art Pottery Matte Pink Peacock Feather Vase
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$554 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Western & Southern Cincinnati Open Vase
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Western & Southern Cincinnati Open Vase
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $60- $120
$402 Bids
2 Rookwood pottery vases
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Rookwood pottery vases
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1502 Bids
Rookwood vase with floral design marked XXVI 356D
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood vase with floral design marked XXVI 356D
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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ROOKWOOD POTTERY VASE Ohio, 20th Century Height 9".
Apr 24, 9:30 AM EDT
ROOKWOOD POTTERY VASE Ohio, 20th Century Height 9".
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $700
$2001 Bid
ROOKWOOD ART POTTERY SILVER OVERLAY VASE
Apr 26, 9:00 AM EDT
ROOKWOOD ART POTTERY SILVER OVERLAY VASE
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
ROOKWOOD POTTERY CIRCULAR TRIVET, CIRCA 1925 Diameter: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.)
Apr 24, 1:00 PM EDT
ROOKWOOD POTTERY CIRCULAR TRIVET, CIRCA 1925 Diameter: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
Small Rookwood pottery vase marked 1788
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Small Rookwood pottery vase marked 1788
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Pair Rookwood Pottery Vases by E.T. Hurley #6806, 1943. Hand Painted Tulips
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Rookwood Pottery Vases by E.T. Hurley #6806, 1943. Hand Painted Tulips
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $600- $800
$5000 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer by Howard Altman #778, 1899, Cherries
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer by Howard Altman #778, 1899, Cherries
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
Lenore Asbury Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer Jug or Pitcher 1899 Holly
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Lenore Asbury Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer Jug or Pitcher 1899 Holly
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery 462D Ewer Vase, 1891 - Hand painted raised floral, Iris Glazed
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Pottery 462D Ewer Vase, 1891 - Hand painted raised floral, Iris Glazed
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
1888 Standard Glaze 332C S Floral Motif Rookwood Pitcher
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1888 Standard Glaze 332C S Floral Motif Rookwood Pitcher
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Matthew Daly, 1882. Gold Fleck and Leaves
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Matthew Daly, 1882. Gold Fleck and Leaves
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Rookwood Art Pottery Cobalt Blue Bowl #XXI 2531
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Art Pottery Cobalt Blue Bowl #XXI 2531
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
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ROOKWOOD POTTERY FIGURE OF A NUDE WOMAN Ohio, Dated 1935 Height 4”.
Apr 24, 9:30 AM EDT
ROOKWOOD POTTERY FIGURE OF A NUDE WOMAN Ohio, Dated 1935 Height 4”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Rookwood Vase and Bowl
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Vase and Bowl
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Antique Roseville Ceramic Umbrella Stand
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Roseville Ceramic Umbrella Stand
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Pitcher and Two Vases, Cincinnati
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Pitcher and Two Vases, Cincinnati
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
Anna Marie Valentien for Rookwood Pottery, Rare Modeled Mat Loie Fuller vide-poche
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Anna Marie Valentien for Rookwood Pottery, Rare Modeled Mat Loie Fuller vide-poche
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Vase Ed Diers Floral
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Vase Ed Diers Floral
by Willow Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Edward Hurley Rookwood Vase
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Edward Hurley Rookwood Vase
by Willow Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Two Rookwood Vases Irene Bishop
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Two Rookwood Vases Irene Bishop
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

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