For sale is a hard to pattern in the northeast of Art Pottery made by The Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. The pattern is called "Laurel" and it is done in the highly desirable red or persimmon glaze. The shape is classified as a jardiniere or vase. This piece has some size to it as it stands 6 1/8" tall and is 7" in diameter.
The jardiniere displays a squat form with buttress style handles at the shoulder on each side. The pattern is quite pleasing as it displays long laurel with berries embossed in a smooth semi matte textured red or rust toned background. The leaves seem to drape completely around the style of the jardiniere. There are evenly spaced panels of 4 vertical black ribs that accent each side of the leaves and berries. Some of us collectors call this "Mountain Laurel" in the "Autumn Red" color. When done in this color it has a real Art Deco style.
This jardiniere is considered to be in very good to excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The piece is unsigned but still retains its original Roseville Pottery foil label. There is the number 2 and a large X written in a black grease pencil on the bottom. This was probably the finishers number. In the Roseville Laurel catalog of shapes it is known as mold number 250-6 1/4.
Laurel pots are hard to find and I'm sure the buyer will not be disappointed. There are only 13 catalog shapes in the original Roseville catalog pages. I know of at least 15 shapes that have been discovered. This jardiniere has excellent mold detail crispness and a deep rich red Persimmon color. This is an excellent example to add to your collection of Laurel. This piece was made circa 1934-1940.