Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Knickerbocker Pr (September 1997)
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.5 x 11.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Yet another book on American Art Pottery? Give me a break!And thatÃs exactly what the authors here have done. TheyÃve 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 theyÃve 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 doesnÃt quite stack up to that of the authors, we think youÃll 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 SackÃs 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 Ã like Roseville -- to the relatively obscure Ã 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 pricesÃ which they readily admit reflect their own biases, to wit, "I like Grueby more than WheatleyÉand I like Weller less than Roseville" Ã but youÃll find the careful and thoughtful analyses nonetheless interesting and helpful.
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