Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Iíd like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

American Art Pottery [Hardcover]

David Rago
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Hardcover, Sep 1997 --  

Book Description

Sep 1997
Introducing a series quite unlike any other on the market. Miller's Treasure or Not? series is a clear, accessible, easy-to-follow guide to developing an appraiser's eye and a connoisseur's knowledge of American Art Pottery. At the heart of each volume are 61 full-colour, 2-page spreads in which pairs of related objects are analyzed, compared, and evaluated, with the object of answering the question why is one item more valuable than the other. The factors involved may be age, rarity, intricacy of design, maker, marks, provenance, lack of defects, later additions, restoration, etc. The expert authors hone in on the salient "value features" and clearly explain what makes an object worth what the market says it is worth. Each core spread consists of two large-scale, full-colour photos of the contrasted items, surrounded by call-outs highlighting the key "value features". Introductory text describes the pieces and their provenance and background. Bulleted points summarize the main points about each item, and feature boxes give additional information on history, material, manufacturers, marks, construction techniques, etc.All of the key studios are covered including Paul Revere Pottery, Rookwood, Grueby Faience, Dedham, Volkmar, Taco and many more. The book opens with topics such as How to Use, Buying and Selling, Care and Security, The Basics (Materials, Decorations, Periods & Styles), and Identification. There is also a directory of specialists, galleries, and museums; a bibliography; a glossary; and an index
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knickerbocker Press (Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577150147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577150145
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,220,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

David Rago has been a specialist in the subject for 30 years. A prolific author and writer, he is founder of the magazine Style: 1900 and Modernism Magazine. Rago serves as an appraiser on PBS' hit Antiques Roadshow series and owns an e-commerce/educational site dedicated to the sale and auction of 20th Century decorative art. Suzanne Perrault has been involved in the Arts & Crafts field since 1986. An independent dealer and freelance associate for David Rago, she has been their principal auction cataloguer since 1991, and manages the Perrault-Rago Gallery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the ages! 19 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
David Rago knows his subject to the point of having no need for reference books or any other source for information. This title reflects years of knowledge accrued through ongoing study. Thank you David Rago for sharing your knowledge with us!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for arts and crafts enthusiasts! 30 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is not only a great source for reference, it also details the most important aspects of the art pottery movement (with great photographs as examples!).
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars More than One Title 12 Sep 2013
By heretic666 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is an earlier volume just called @American Art Pottery' which is the same book repackaged here.
Rago is an authority on american pottery of the arts and crafts movement, art nouveau and studio pottery. He is the author of hundreds of articles, gives lectures and sells the aforementioned wares on his own auction site so can be considered a reliable source.
Even so, with all the colour plates here showing examples of major manufacturers, I am still mostly at a loss to see the charm in the majority of american art pottery. Some of it resembles indifferent european examples that dont show sufficient quality or artistry to even warrant a manufacturers mark.
Dont get me wrong; there are many pots here that I and many collectors would feel graced if they formed part of our collection, but the majority here seem to have a blandness or unfinished quality about them as if they were failed experiments. And so many of the pieces here when I looked at the values ascribed to them seemed to have a superfluous zero added and occasionally two zeros.
As there are no marks shown it is best to have a copy of Evans 'Art Pottery of the United States' on hand to refer to.
The book is quality and the information useful but I have a feeling that ten books like this would be of little help understanding the american studio pottery market without deep immersion in and frequent handling of the wares.
The glossary at the back was essential. We use the term bisque to describe unglazed porcelain but here it can be unglazed pottery. As for scroddle and squeezebag, these mean variegated clay and tube lining.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another book on American Art Pottery? Give me a break! 19 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Yet another book on American Art Pottery? Give me a break!

And that’s exactly what the authors here have done. They’ve given us a break. Given us entree to insights and opinions formed from their handling and viewing more than 100,000 pots and tiles over some 30 years. And they’ve done it in a refreshingly readable, yet authoritative style.
This work is aimed at the less experienced collector as well as those of us who will admit to still having a few things to learn. Whether new to the game or an old hand, if you love pottery, but your experience doesn’t quite stack up to that of the authors, we think you’ll find this a helpful -- and very enjoyable -- addition to your antiques library.
Longtime art pottery aficionados, dealers, auctioneers and, for the past five years, appraisers for the "Antiques Road Show," authors David Rago and Suzanne Perrault have taken a leaf from Albert Sack’s popular "Fine Points of American Furniture" to give us a look at "Good" and "Better" pieces from 43 American art potteries, from the popular and ubiquitous – like Roseville -- to the relatively obscure – like Walley.
Using a reader-friendly format, they present, for each pottery, a Good and Better example on facing pages, together with a value range for each -- 60 such combinations in all. Then, for each piece, they highlight and analyze the key features that distinguish it from its neighbor and tell us why they value one more highly than the other.
You may argue with some of the cited prices– which they readily admit reflect their own biases, to wit, "I like Grueby more than WheatleyÉand I like Weller less than Roseville" – but you’ll find the careful and thoughtful analyses nonetheless interesting and helpful. The prevailing biases of other collectors as regards their attitudes toward the effect on value of damage, one pottery vs. another, are but one example.
Encompassing 124 pages, this comparison section alone is more than well worth the price of admission. But the sections on Understanding the Market and An American Art Potteries Primer are equally helpful, as a learning experience for newer collectors, and a thoughtful refresher for those who’ve been to Zanesville more times than they care to tell.
Few antiques authors manage the authoritative and colloquial with such ease and aplomb, and to such enjoyable effect. It is in these sections where that effect is most evident.
Here we’re helped to understand and make sense of a market where, from 1975 to 2000, an 8" Rookwood Standard glaze, floral decorated vase increased in value by 450%, while a similarly sized and decorated Iris glaze vase soared by more than 1600%. And here we’re provided a thoughtful analysis (though not without bias) of the essential elements which serve to distinguish the producers and the products of the Ohio Valley, New England, the South and California.
The one fault we found is in the brief section on How to Clean a Pot. Recommended is soaking "for at least 24 hours in a bucket of very hot tap water to which is added a cup of sudsing ammonia and at least a half a cup of Spic and Span. After the soak, remove the pot and soak for at least another 24 hours in clean hot tap water." Perhaps inadvertently deleted in editing is any caveat restricting this approach, at best, to non-porous pots. DO NOT try this on porous pots – like Peters & Reed Moss Aztec -- or cracked or crazed pots.
With only slight and otherwise forgivable puffery, the book jacket heralds this as "a master class in appraising art pottery." And a "master class" it may be. But as anyone who’s earned and gone forward with a "master’s" will attest, you have to get your hands dirty before it pays off. "The best you can do," say the authors, "is to learn enough about pottery to form your own biasesÉ learn to appreciate the beauty of the objects, and integrate the history that fueled the kilnsÉ(and) Allow the works of these great potteries to enter your life and delight your soulÉ" as they have quite obviously done for the authors.
And take this book along.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for arts and crafts enthusiasts! 30 Aug 1998
By mgwatch@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is not only a great source for reference, it also details the most important aspects of the art pottery movement (with great photographs as examples!).
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book! 22 Oct 2003
By Anteek Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I might be biased because I think everything Rago touches is genius but you just can't beat this art pottery expert. This man knows his stuff in a way no one else at this time can touch. His extensive auction and appraisal experience give him light on a subject that is still quite murky. Most of the examples in the book are from his collection or auctions so the reader gets a vicarious view of these masterpieces through Rago.
This is the one book to own if you love art pottery. I have spent years waiting and wanting a book like this. Apart from Kovels (written years ago), you cannot come close to this book. Miller's Treasure or Not Art Pottery is also excellent but Rago pours his all into this one. The photos are outstanding-they make you drool. Nearly all notable potters are represented. This is a great book for the expert and novice collector.
Get it now...it'll be relevent for decades!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rago can't be beat 7 April 2006
By L. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This guy knows his stuff...Photography is excellent, as well as the descriptions.
IMPORTANT NOTE Aug 2006: I don't know why only one star appears for my review. I rate it FIVE STARS but can't seem to change the on-line rating.
Jan 2010 I think I got the rating changed! Yipee! It really is a 5-star book!
5.0 out of 5 stars More than One Title 4 Nov 2013
By heretic666 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Issued also as "how to compare and appraise american art pottery"' which is the same book repackaged here.
Rago is an authority on american pottery of the arts and crafts movement, art nouveau and studio pottery. He is the author of hundreds of articles, gives lectures and sells the aforementioned wares on his own auction site so can be considered a reliable source.
Even so, with all the colour plates here showing examples of major manufacturers, I am still mostly at a loss to see the charm in the majority of american art pottery. Some of it resembles indifferent european examples that dont show sufficient quality or artistry to even warrant a manufacturers mark.
Dont get me wrong; there are many pots here that I and many collectors would feel graced if they formed part of our collection, but the majority here seem to have a blandness or unfinished quality about them as if they were failed experiments. And so many of the pieces here when I looked at the values ascribed to them seemed to have a superfluous zero added and occasionally two zeros.
As there are no marks shown it is best to have a copy of Evans 'Art Pottery of the United States' on hand to refer to.
The book is quality and the information useful but I have a feeling that ten books like this would be of little help understanding the american studio pottery market without deep immersion in and frequent handling of the wares.
The glossary at the back was essential. We use the term bisque to describe unglazed porcelain but here it can be unglazed pottery. As for scroddle and squeezebag, these mean variegated clay and tube lining.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback