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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

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Antique 1931 Arts & Craft Rookwood Pottery #2476 Matte Mauve and Gray Glaze 8.25" Tall Vase
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique 1931 Arts & Craft Rookwood Pottery #2476 Matte Mauve and Gray Glaze 8.25" Tall Vase
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$12010 Bids
Rookwood Production Pottery Vase #1712
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Production Pottery Vase #1712
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$251 Bid
Pair of Matte Glaze Tall Rookwood Pottery Vases
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Matte Glaze Tall Rookwood Pottery Vases
by Caza Sikes
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer by Lenore Ashbury #537D, 1898, Chestnuts
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Ewer by Lenore Ashbury #537D, 1898, Chestnuts
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Howard Altman #843C, 1902 Goldenrods
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Howard Altman #843C, 1902 Goldenrods
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Twin Handled Vase by Elizabeth Barrett, #2426, 1926
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Twin Handled Vase by Elizabeth Barrett, #2426, 1926
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
Rookwood Vellum Pottery Vase by Lorinda Epply, #1357EV, 1911 Leaves
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Vellum Pottery Vase by Lorinda Epply, #1357EV, 1911 Leaves
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Art Pottery Miniature Pitcher by Jeanette Swing, 1889 Olive Leaf
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Art Pottery Miniature Pitcher by Jeanette Swing, 1889 Olive Leaf
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1600 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Large Vase by Albert Valentien, #856B, 1900 Leaves
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Large Vase by Albert Valentien, #856B, 1900 Leaves
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $900- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Albert Valentien #238, 1885
Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Rookwood Glazed Pottery Vase by Albert Valentien #238, 1885
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Rookwood, Etc. Ceramic Pottery Vases, 2
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Rookwood, Etc. Ceramic Pottery Vases, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Peacock Feather Inkwell
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Peacock Feather Inkwell
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Grouping
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Grouping
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Production Pair
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Production Pair
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Pair of Matching Lotus Bowls
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Pair of Matching Lotus Bowls
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Rookwood Nacreous glaze vase #2194
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Nacreous glaze vase #2194
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
3 Rookwood Art Pottery Vases
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Rookwood Art Pottery Vases
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$300 Bids
Harriet Wenderoth for Rookwood Perfume Jug, 1883
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Harriet Wenderoth for Rookwood Perfume Jug, 1883
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Galleon Bookends
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Galleon Bookends
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Pair of Vases
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Pair of Vases
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Wall Pockets
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Wall Pockets
by Caza Sikes
Est: $75- $125
$300 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Peacock Bookends
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Peacock Bookends
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

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