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Today we are very excited to offer for sale a very rare and hard to find 19th century Rookwood Pottery cameo vase decorated by Sallie Toohey! Truly a wonderful treasure! World famous Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 by the wealthy Cincinnati heiress and accomplished artist Maria Longworth Nichols Storer. Within a few short years Rookwood became the most accomplished and leading pottery company in the country, pioneering the underglaze technique and creating iconic pieces that are now in the collections of first class museums. Mrs. Storer employeed a team of artists and encouraged them to be creative and think outside the box. One of the firm’s most prolific ceramic painters was Sallie Toohey (1872-1941). Toohey-painted Rookwood pottery is characterized by its’ beauty and delicacy. This cameo vase is a perfect example. This delicate piece is egg-shaped and rests on two tiny cabriole legs. The soft and warm milky white glaze is the perfect background for the delicately and expertly painted angel’s trumpet flowers. The bottom marks include the Rookwood logo, which indicates the date, Ms. Toohey’s monogram in brown slip and a W to indicate White (Cameo) glaze. Toohey’s designs recall the Japonaise taste for Eastern art that was prevalent during the Victorian era. The vase is in very good antique condition, with very minimal wear and no chips/cracks. There are some normal unglazed areas on the feet which are naturally occurring during the creation process. There is very light scuffing on the very bottom of the piece. Overall a truly remarkable piece of American design and a tribute to the ingenuity and emerging talent of the 19th century. A piece not to be missed! Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 4 3/8″ in height, 3 1/8″ in width, and 4″ in depth
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