Pottery 159

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I have an 8 inch vase, black glaze, starts out bulbous at the bottom and constricts to a narrowish neck that flares out a little at the top. It was my mother’s and a favorite vase since I was a child. The marking on the bottom is bluish circle stamp that says Red Wing Pottery with I think a number 159 in the center. I suspect it might have been a second as there seems to be a black .75 written on that bottom area. Can you tell me anything about the age? I am thinking it must be about 70-75 years old. Thank you for your information. Thanks Barbara H.

Answer:
By your discription we think you have a 183 8" vase. You are correct in your date estimation. The vase was made in the early 1930′s. The glaze is probably dark blue or blue black. Hold it in the sunlight and you may see the blue. The value is about $90 – $100. The .75 is probably what the vase originally cost. A lot of people from that generation would mark the items with the price they paid. Thanks Steve n Rose

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Parrots with Vase

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I recently received a piece of Red Wing artware that was given to my Grandmother in 1956. The majority of a silver Red Wing label is still on the piece of two green parrots. With the figurines is a white vase that fits around one of the parrots. On the bottom of the vase is "RED WING" "U.S.A." and "B2509A". Would like to know the background of this piece. Thanks Reed

Answer:
Reed, The Parrots with vase are part of the Deluxe Line, circa 1951. They were designed by Belle Kogan, one of Red Wing’s more prominent designers. The Parrots are #B2509. The glaze is most likely Ming Green. As a set their value is around 125.00. Hope this helps, thanks, Steve n Rose

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Prismatique Bowl

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Small bowl/container,orange/bittersweet color. It has an unusual shape. Has Red Wing 931 on bottom. Shape is multi pointed.
Sally

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Hi Sally
We think you may have #791, a 6 1/2" bowl from the Prismatique Line, circa 1965. They have angled shapes, and Orange is one of the glaze colors. It’s worth around 40.00 or so. There is a shape 931, but it is a low bowl with scalloped smooth edges. It’s value would be about 30-35.
Thanks, Steve n Rose

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Vase

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I have a small RW vase that I would like to have identified and an an opinion as to its value. The vase is 6 1/2" high with a 3" base and 2 3/4" mouth that tappers to about an 1 1/2" where it attaches to the base area. It is a deep green color with four window like areas that are shades of yellow and have a raised design in it that look like tree trucks with limbs or post like. These window areas are located on the upper 1/2 of the vase. It has a handle on each side starting at the top of the vase and running down the side just a little over 2" long that divides the four window areas into two on each side These windowed areas are mostly yellow with some shading of green. The remainder of the vase is a deep green in color. The markings on the bottom are Red Wing Pottery written to form a circle with Red Wing on the top and Pottery on the bottom half of the circle. In the middle of that area created by RWP is the word Art. There is also a number raised just above these words 163. Your help will be much appreciated. Thankyou, John

Answer:
Hi John, You have an early Red Wing vase, circa 1931. The shape 163 came in 3 sizes, with yours being the smallest. In excellent condition it may bring around 80.00 or so. Thanks, steve & rose

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Red Wing B2500

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Hello! I recently acquired this piece of art pottery (see attached picture) which is marked Red Wing USA B2500. I believe it to be "The Nymphs" vase from Belle Kogan’s 1951 DeLuxe line. Is this correct? Can you help me identify the official color of the glaze? It is a light bluish-gray color. From picutures I have seen in books, it seems most similar to the "Luster Gray" color, but the color chart I found in the Reiss book for the DeLuxe line did not list this color as an option. Also, I saw a 1997 estimated value of $40-100. Is that still the current valuation of this piece? Thank you in advance for sharing your time and knowledge so freely with newbie collectors like myself.
Heidi

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Hello, You are well studied for being a "newbie". The B2500 is from Belle Kogan’s Deluxe line, 1951. The "nymphs" are a nice item, worth 90-125 or so. Your pic didn’t come thru too well, but it sounds like Luster Gray. If there are dark flecks in the glaze it would be Luster Blue. I also see a Platium Gray listed, which was usually used with Canary yellow. Some pieces have also been found in Celadon. There were carry overs between the years, and some of the more popular shapes were we made many years also. If a certain color was popular, it was used on more items.
Thanks, Steve n Rose

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REDWING 155 Blue Vase

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I just purchased a gorgeous piece of Red Wing Art Pottery at an auction. I know nothing about this type of pottery, I just fell liked the piece. It is just over 15" high, and the most intese cobalt blue color. It is marked 155, and stamped Red Wing Art Pottery. Could you tell me more of it’s history/value? Also, what would be the best way to sell it, if I decide to. Thanks alot, Sincerely, Maria

Answer:
Hi Maria,

You have a nice early vase. It dates from around 1926-1929. The glaze is officially called "dark blue", but most people call it cobalt. There were 3 sizes of this shape, with yours being the largest. Prices have been down a little, but it should still be popular with it’s size. Many Redwinger’s just collect the early ink stamped art pottery. It should bring around $250.00 or so. Ebay is probably your best bet to sell, unless you can attend a Redwing convention.

Thanks, Steven & Rose

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