For sale is one of the most desirable Art Pottery Patterns to collect made by The Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville. Ohio. The item is a mock double handled "Planter or Jardiniere" and it is done in the highly desirable "Sunflower" pattern. The planter has some size to it as it stands 4 1/16" tall and is 7 5/8" in diameter. The top of the planter has an opening of 5" in diameter with the bottom of the vase having a diameter of 3 3/4".
This is a very pleasing pattern created by Roseville Pottery. The jardiniere has a squat form with raised top lip. The piece displays eight embossed mature Sunflowers along the upper portion of the planter. They are supported by detailed veined leaves with the curving stems swaying their way to the bottom edge. The Sunflowers are individually defined and display a deep yellow glaze with the leaves being a Verdi green with hints of blue glaze. These flowers are set against a grainy brown background glaze that bleeds down from the top to a green/blue and a much deeper blue glaze at the bottom. There is lots of blue along the bottom half. The grainy texture gives this piece that added realistic look as if you were looking at the Sunflowers growing out of the ground.
The jardiniere is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. It has one glaze pop and a small glaze miss along the top lip and this is pictured. This is factory as it was made this way. The jardiniere is unsigned but there is no doubt as to who made this. More than likely it had a foil label that simply fell off over time. This is one of the harder to find shapes in the Sunflower pattern to acquire in one's collection. This was known as shape number 208-5" in the Roseville's Catalog Pages. This planter or jardiniere vase was made circa 1930 just prior to the Great Depression.
This is a wonderful example of Roseville's Sunflower pattern. The mold is crisp and it has very strong glaze colors, especially the blue. This piece is also very clean and appears that it was primarily used as a cabinet piece. I'm sure the buyer will be well pleased with their purchase.