In addition to vases and bowls, Van Briggle made novelty items such as tiles, bookends, ashtrays, mugs, incense burners, animal figures including political mascots like republican elephants and democratic donkeys, etc.Some of Van Briggle’s pieces have a background or base glaze as well as a solid matte glaze.The period of production has a significant impact on the desirability and hence investment potential of Van Briggle pottery.
Van Briggle American art pottery in its early years of production, circa 1899 to 1904, showed this mark and Artus’s signature.
Artus Van Briggle signed some pieces himself with a highly recognizable and very characteristic “gg” letter form.
Multiple glaze colors were used on singular pieces with specific glaze and textural results.
Collectors pay more money for Van Briggle pieces made prior to 1920 since mold forms, colors, and glazes are exceptional.
In a typical year, a collector might see for sale 5 to 10 examples of 1902 Van Briggle vases and 20 to 40 examples each of 19 examples. Van Briggle Pottery – Mid 1904-1912 Van Briggle pottery produced between 19 is also highly collectible because not only was the pottery very high quality but during this time period Anne Van Briggle owned the pottery.
Production numbers for Van Briggle vases are estimated by Scott Nelson, in to have averaged approximately 4,200 pieces per year between 19.Another factor contributing to the desirability of Van Briggle pottery from the pre-death period (1901-1904) is that original production numbers were very low and the quality was very high.It is estimated that around 3,000 examples of Van Briggle pottery from the 1901-1904 period survive today.Most Van Briggle pieces were molded although the market has seen Van Briggle pottery and prototypes that have been hand sculpted too.Van Briggle pottery pieces, such as the famous Lorelei vase in the form of a coiled woman, are best known by their characteristic molded Art Nouveau forms, matte glazes, and variety of colors.Artus moved to Colorado Springs since the climate was thought to be appropriate for his struggles with tuberculosis.The pottery firm that bears Artus Van Briggle’s name is known to collectors for its satin matte glazes and unique forms.In particular, dated Van Briggle vases from the mid to late teens have seen measurable increases in value over the last few years. Van Briggle Pottery – 1920s The quality of the art pottery vases produced by Van Briggle still remained relatively high during the 1920s period.As prices have continued to climb for the earlier dated pieces of Van Briggle pottery, the 1920s pieces have seen more modest increases and in my opinion offer some of the best values for today’s Van Briggle collectors.Van Briggle pottery of Colorado Springs, CO was founded by Artus and Anne Van Briggle in 1899.Dutch/American Artus Van Briggle was trained as a painter in Europe and worked as a pottery at the Rookwood Pottery firm in Cincinnati, OH.