Timeline for Roseville Pottery:
Roseville Pottery was in business from 1890 through 1954 and it was only in it's namesake town of Roseville for the first eight years of the company's existence.
The town of Zanesville, Ohio was were the company relocated to in 1898, but there were several different plants. After 1917 all Roseville Pottery was made in Zanesville.
According to Just Art Pottery
, Roseville Rozane became the company's first high quality art pottery line. Rozane is described as being hand-decorated with dark glaze. Early items included utilitarian items such as flower pots, stoneware and cuspidors.
The company became incorporated in 1892, but it wasn't until the 1930s Roseville Pottery Company became Roseville Pottery, Inc.
Roseville Cookie Jars:
Although Roseville jars look similar to each other, there are five different shapes -- check the handles to see the biggest difference in the designs.
Beware of Reproductions:
Roseville art pottery pieces are highly desirable, which in turn has caused the pottery to be widely reproduced. But the good news is that most Roseville reproductions are easy to detect -- if you are familiar with the pottery. Educate yourself before spending big bucks!
For more information:
The Collector's Encyclopedia of Roseville Pottery, by Sharon and Bob Huxford
Hanson's American Art Pottery Collection
Online Prices for Roseville Jars:
Blue Magnolia Cookie Jar --$512/$461
Freesia Orange Cookie Jar -- $406
Water Lily, Brown tones-- $400
Green Clematis -- $320
Water Lily, Aqua -- $302
Zephyr Lily -- $228
Freesia Blue Cookie Jar (two chips) -- $174
eBay, March 2006