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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 Landscape Vase with Geese Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Landscape Vase with Geese Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$8504 Bids
Signed Charles McLaughlin Rookwood Pottery Vase (1917)
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
Signed Charles McLaughlin Rookwood Pottery Vase (1917)
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
1925 Sallie Coyne Rookwood Pottery Vase, ex-Butterfield
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
1925 Sallie Coyne Rookwood Pottery Vase, ex-Butterfield
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$4001 Bid
Kataro Shirayamadani Rookwood Pottery Inkwell
May 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Kataro Shirayamadani Rookwood Pottery Inkwell
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
Sara Sax for Rookwood Pottery (American, 1870-1949) Iris Glaze Vase, 1889
May 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Sara Sax for Rookwood Pottery (American, 1870-1949) Iris Glaze Vase, 1889
by Hindman
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Charles Jasper McLaughlin for Rookwood Pottery (American, 1888-1964) Vase, 1917
May 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Charles Jasper McLaughlin for Rookwood Pottery (American, 1888-1964) Vase, 1917
by Hindman
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Rookwood Pottery American, 1947-1956 Four Vases
May 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery American, 1947-1956 Four Vases
by Hindman
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Lamp Base
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Lamp Base
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
1903 Olga Reed Rookwood Pottery Vase - Iris Glaze
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
1903 Olga Reed Rookwood Pottery Vase - Iris Glaze
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
1900 W. McDonald Rookwood Vase Lilies, ex-Butterfield
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
1900 W. McDonald Rookwood Vase Lilies, ex-Butterfield
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$8000 Bids
Rookwood, Kataro Shirayamadani (attrib.) vase
May 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Rookwood, Kataro Shirayamadani (attrib.) vase
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids
Seven Rookwood Pottery Items
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Seven Rookwood Pottery Items
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Floral Vase Decorated by Vera Tischler
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Floral Vase Decorated by Vera Tischler
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Made for Bankers Life Company in Des Moines, Iowa
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Made for Bankers Life Company in Des Moines, Iowa
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $750
$2500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Decorated by Sallie E. Coyne
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Floral Vase Decorated by Sallie E. Coyne
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Floral Vase Decorated by Frederick Rothenbusch
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Floral Vase Decorated by Frederick Rothenbusch
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Rookwood Pottery "Bird & Foliate" Vase Decorated by Elizabeth Barrett
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery "Bird & Foliate" Vase Decorated by Elizabeth Barrett
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Cypriote Vase
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Cypriote Vase
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Vase
May 21, 11:00 AM EDT
Rookwood Pottery Vellum Vase
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Signed Fred Rothenbusch Rookwood Pottery Vase (1905)
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
Signed Fred Rothenbusch Rookwood Pottery Vase (1905)
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Signed Rookwood Pottery Vase by Elizabeth Lincoln, 1919
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
Signed Rookwood Pottery Vase by Elizabeth Lincoln, 1919
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $500- $800
$3000 Bids
Margaret McDonald Rookwood Pottery Vase (1926)
May 19, 8:00 AM MDT
Margaret McDonald Rookwood Pottery Vase (1926)
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids

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