Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Denver Pottery - Denver White Pottery Co. and Denver China and Pottery Co. - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectibles Blog – More than Van Briggle in

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Most pottery collectors are familiar with the many wonderful pottery companies in Ohio, but few are aware that Van Briggle was just one of many in Colorado. I would like to share two of the Colorado pottery companies that I personally think are equal in quality to the best that this country has to offer.

First, is the Denver White Pottery Co. that worked from 1893 till 1960. Frederick White, and his son Frank, started the F.J. White and Son Denver Pottery in 1893. In the early years they produced functional items, such as teapots, ginger jars, bowls and other dishes. After being in business for 10 years, they expanded the business to include art pottery. This is the period that the collectors are looking for. Frederick died in 1919 at the age of 81 but his son continued the business.

Several marks were used during the life of the company, including the incised word Denver with a W inside the D. Another mark was just an incised Denver and the third, a D with a W inside it. These marks were dated from 1904 to 1928. My favorite pieces by the Denver White Pottery have western themes to them and it is my wish to someday have one of the western pieces in my personal collection.

Not to be outdone, the Denver China and Pottery company produced their wonderful wares from 1901 until 1904. William A. Long, the founder of this company, was what most people considered a mover, because he had worked for several companies before he started his own in 1900. The Denver China and Pottery Company ironically started about the same time as the Van Briggle Company. Two artists from Rookwood came to work for Long and you can definitely see the similarity in some of the pieces from the two companies, The Denver Lonhuda line was marked with a shield with L and F inside, plus Denver above and Lonhuda below. Some of Long’s pottery is marked with the word Denver and C&P below that.

William Long started Clifton Art Pottery in 1905 in Newark, New Jersey and sold the Denver pottery in 1906. He continued to move from company to company for the remainder of his life. The best book on these potteries is Carol and Jim Carlton’s Colorado Pottery. Keep your eye open for pieces by these companies and I promise you won't have difficulty placing them.

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