Our antiques expert assesses a Roseville Clematis vase to help determine what it's worth today.
My parents received this vase in the 1940s, and it’s still in perfect condition. A marking on the bottom says, “Roseville USA 105-7.” What can you tell me about it?
—C.K., Hawley, Minnesota
The Roseville Pottery Co. began in Roseville, Ohio, in the 1890s, producing utilitarian stoneware for cooking and food storage. By 1898, the company had moved to nearby Zanesville (where it remained until closing in 1954) and begun a shift toward functional artware, to remain competitive with other Ohio potteries. Such innovation, with new products in different kinds of pottery, was a hallmark of the company.
The pattern of your vase is Clematis, introduced in 1944 and produced in green, brown or blue. Most Clematis pieces feature broad white blooms, although some, like yours, are rosy pink. (The heart-shaped leaves in the design of the trailing vine are not botanically correct for this flower!)
The molded design in natural motifs and fashionable colors helped boost Roseville sales then, and Clematis pieces in excellent condition—particularly green or brown—are popular with collectors today. It’s important to note that Roseville changed its marking system many times over the years, and some items were never marked. Fakes made abroad and sold as authentic Roseville pieces abound. Many are even marked with the Roseville name or a variation.
Your footed vase with shoulder handles looks to be in good condition, and therefore is worth $150.
—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)