This large, beautiful vase was made by Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery in Roseville, Ohio. Since RRP was best known as a long-lived company that made mixing bowls, crocks and flower pots, the fact that they made art pottery pieces often comes as a bit of a surprise. The incised lines on this vase that form geometric patterns were very popular in the Art Deco era, which along with the graceful urn shape give this piece an Egyptian Revival look. The leaf green and pumpkin colored glazes are topped with a high gloss clear glaze that makes the vase glow. This color combination, by the way, was popular and was made by a number of other potteries, like Muncie, Weller and Cowan, to name a few.
This isn't a rare vase, but the 12 inch height is uncommon. The mouth measures 4 1/4 inches rim to rim, as does the base. It measures about 6 inches across at the shoulder and weighs 3 pounds, 10 ounces. The dry foot reveals the pale yellow Ohio clay used, with impressed marks that read: R. RANSBOTTOM 12" #100 (mold number) and ROSEVILLE, OH. U.S. A. This mark is not one that found all that often, either. (Our favorite U.S. pottery marks book, published in 1988, shows 24 marks for the company, but this one is not included.) The merger that formed RRP in the early 1920's lasted all the way to 2005; this vase, which is in pristine condition, probably dates from the 1960's. It's a gorgeous art pottery vase to warm the heart of a collector or decorator.