Both Weller and Royal Bayreuth are wildly popular with collectors, and the Carters themselves were serious and dedicated collectors. The Weller will include several unusual and seldom-seen varieties, including trial glaze and Arts & Crafts pieces. The Royal Bayreuth will not be common – no Rose Tapestry pattern, no scenics, no novelties and no Sunbonnet Babies, just rare figurals.
A few of the more unusual Weller pieces are a Gnomes and Toadstools garden ornament, 16 ½ inches tall, hand-incised with the Weller Pottery mark (est. $3,000-$5,000);
Additional Weller lots will feature an Etna vase with frog and snake decoration, 7 ½ inches tall, hand-incised with the Etna mark on the bottom (est. $400-$600); a Scottie Dog garden ornament, unmarked, measuring 12 inches by 10 inches (est. $800-$1,200);
Yet more Weller will include a Brighton Dodo, one of only 12 known, with a Weller Pottery Museum Exposition sticker and the base marked “A Dodo, 1681 Ext.” (est. $600-$800); a Terrier/Cocker Spaniel garden ornament, unmarked with a matte glaze (est. $600-$800); and a unique experimental vase with hunting dogs decoration, 5 ½ inches in height (est. $800-$1,200)
Royal Bayreuth will feature a figural Kangaroo creamer, 5 inches by 5 inches and carrying a blue ink stamp #15 (est. $600-$800); a rare figural Squirrel creamer with gray glaze and with a blue ink stamp #9, measuring 4 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches (est. $500-$700); and a figural Art Nouveau vase depicting an angelic lady, 7 ½ inches tall and showing blue ink stamp #15 (est. $200-$300).
Other Royal Bayreuth lots will include a figural Beetle creamer cut out under the eyes, marked with blue ink stamp #15 and measuring 4 inches by 4 ½ inches (est. $400-$600); a Gray Mouse milk pitcher, with no ink stamp, impressed “Registered”
Not every lot will be Weller or Royal Bayreuth. An example is a Roseville Luffa jardinière with matching pedestal and having a green, white and tan glaze, marked with a Roseville foil sticker on the top of the pedestal and measuring 28 ¾ inches by 14 ½ inches (est. $600-$800). Nearly everything in the auction is in very good to excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs.
Weller Pottery was founded by Samuel Weller in Fultonham, Ohio, in 1872. In 1882 he moved the company to Zanesville, Ohio, where he produced flower pots, crocks, bowls and vases. In 1895 Weller purchased Lonhuda Pottery and the company grew in size and prestige, producing historic patterns such as Eocean, Etna LaSa and Sicardi – all of which are in the April 26 auction.
Royal Bayreuth has been produced in the same factory in Tettau, Germany since its founding in 1794. It remains the finest and oldest German porcelain producer, best known for its tableware for daily use (mainly beautiful dinnerware and tea and coffee sets) and a wide variety of colorful figural pieces that are highly sought after by collectors. The firm has survived wars and disasters.
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