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Van Briggle Pottery

Considered the longest-running art pottery in the United States, Van Briggle Art Pottery was in operation for more than a century. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Van Briggle became a beacon of Art Nouveau design that still permeates pottery today.

Founded in 1901 by Artus Van Briggle, former designer for Rookwood Pottery, Van Briggle pieces soon made a name for themselves for their distinctive matte glazes, which gave their vessels an almost luminous quality. Innovations in glazing and design increased when Van Briggle married Anne Gregory in 1902, after which Anne devoted her career to crafting art pottery. Though Van Briggle died in 1904 after a bout with tuberculosis, Gregory carried on, continuing to create strikingly streamlined vessel designs that radiated beauty.

Though production ceased in 2012, the brilliance of Van Briggle's Art Nouveau aesthetic lives on in well-preserved pieces. The characteristic smooth, matte glaze that graces the streamlined form of all their pieces is immediately recognizable and continues to send collectors into a frenzy at auctions today.


Quick Facts

  • Van Briggle's pieces were so immediately successful that they were featured in exhibitions around the globe, including the Parisian Salon (1903), the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904), and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905)
  • Each Van Briggle piece’s mark is relatively unique because most were hand incised. One element that remains consistent across many pieces is the superimposed double "A," a lasting homage to founders Artus and Anne
  • The Van Briggle studio was a veritable revolving door of some of the biggest figures in 20th century ceramic design, including Nellie Walker

Recommended Items at Auction

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Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Bowl
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Bowl
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Bowl
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Bowl
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Vase
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Vase
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Tall Vase
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Van Briggle Arts & Crafts Tall Vase
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Van Briggle Art Pottery Tobacco Leaf Vase, c. 1910
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Van Briggle Art Pottery Tobacco Leaf Vase, c. 1910
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Artus Van Briggle vase
Mar 10, 11:00 AM EST
Artus Van Briggle vase
by Treadway Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
Three Van Briggle Pottery Vessels
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Three Van Briggle Pottery Vessels
by STAIR
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
1916 VAN BRIGGLE #786 POTTERY VASE
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
1916 VAN BRIGGLE #786 POTTERY VASE
by Burchard Galleries Inc
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Van Briggle Pottery


Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Burchard Galleries Inc

Burchard Galleries Inc

STAIR

STAIR

Treadway Gallery

Treadway Gallery