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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the ages!, 19 Jun 1999
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This review is from: American Art Pottery (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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for arts and crafts enthusiasts!, 30 Aug 1998
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This review is from: American Art Pottery (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!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than One Title, 12 Sep 2013
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heretic666 (High Dudgeon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: How to Compare and Appraise American Art Pottery (Miller's Treasure or Not?) (Hardcover)
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.
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