An Abundance of Art Pottery at Rago’s Object & Home

by Kate Nixon


A set of two Fulper Pottery vases, ca. 1917-34
Cat’s Eye Flambé and Cucumber Crystalline-glazed earthenware. This lot is one of several that is No Reserve.

On Tuesday, April 12th, Rago’s Arts and Auction Center will provide a large collection of American art pottery, furniture, lighting and decor during the Object & Home auction. Featuring pottery and furniture with varying levels of affordability, this annual auction features a number of examples from Fulper Pottery, Weller Pottery, Grueby Faience, Teco pottery  and a large number of George Ohr vases and novelty items. Furniture from Gustav Stickley and in the style of L and J.G. Stickley and Liberty & Co. A collection of ten Roycroft items is available to bid on as well as an impressive collection of silver from Georg Jensen and a cocktail set from Tiffany & Co.

A Fulper Pottery vase (ca. 1917-27) Chinese Blue crystalline-glazed. Measures 7½ h × 10½ dia in.

While this auction features a large array of both American and European ceramics, fine art, and decorative arts, the catalog is particularly strong in American art pottery. Rago’s auctions typically deliver a strong showing of art pottery as owner David Rago is an expert in decorative ceramics and porcelain appraiser. There are nineteen lots of Fulper pottery and 38 lots of George Ohr works alone in this auction; some of which are noted as No Reserve lots. Among the items currently estimated under $1,000, the vibrant and multi-colored Fulper pottery selections offer affordability potential as some lots even feature multiple vases with a variety of different glazes.

With such a variety of color and form, we’re keeping our eye on quite a few lots from the Grueby green to the gunmetal-glazed George E. Ohr vases to the fabulously glazed Fulper vases. Do you have a favorite? Let us know and we’ll feature it on the results article! Email [email protected] and send us your favorites from the auction.

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We’re keeping our eyes on the following lots:


Lot 106: Grueby Faience Company Vase with flowers and leaves

USA, c. 1900
glazed earthenware 8¼ h × 8¼ dia in (21 × 21 cm)

estimate: $2,500–3,500

Impressed manufacturer’s mark to underside ‘Grueby Boston, MA’.




Lot 127: George E. Ohr Vases, set of two

USA, 1899, 1897-1900
glazed earthenware each approximately: 3½ h × 2¾ dia in (9 × 7 cm)

estimate: $1,500–2,000

Vases feature ruffled rims and indigo and gunmetal glazes. Impressed signature and date to underside of each example ‘Biloxi, Miss. Mobile Clay 1899’ and ‘G.E. OHR, Biloxi, Miss.’, respectively.
provenance: Private Collection, Mississippi




Lot 139: Jacques Sicard for Weller Pottery Vase

USA, 1903-17
glazed earthenware 13½ h × 6 dia in (34 × 15 cm)

estimate: $1,200–1,600

Glazed signature near base ‘Weller Sicard’. Impressed number to underside ‘3’.





Lot 146: Fulper Pottery Rare Vasekraft plafonnier, model 83

USA, 1909-16
glazed earthenware, brass, leaded glass 6 h × 17½ dia in (15 × 44 cm)

estimate: $4,000–6,000

Ink-stamped rectangular manufacturer’s mark to interior ‘Fulper 208’.
literature: Fulper Vase-Kraft Glazes, manufacturer’s catalog, undated, pg. 39




Fulper Pottery Collection of five vases

USA, 1910-27
glazed earthenware
tallest: 10 h × 5¼ dia in (25 × 13 cm) shortest: 5 h × 4 dia in (13 × 10 cm)

estimate: $650–950




To see the entire catalog of the Object & Home auction on Tuesday, April 12th, please click here to see Rago’s auction web site.