1923 Rookwood King Fisher Crystaline Blue Bookend
Marie Longworth Nichols founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880. During the early years, the pottery was not financially successful but was supported by the Nichol's family wealth. Over the years, they employed numerous artists to paint and design their wares.
This particular King Fisher bookend was designed by William Purcell McDonald who was born in Cincinnati on September 18, 1864. He joined Rookwood pottery in 1882, one of the earliest of the artists employed there. In 1904 he was promoted to the head of the architectural department, although he continued to produce pieces until his death in 1931. His daughter Margaret Helen McDonald began working there under his tutelage in 1913. Collector interest in his pieces is considered to be above average.
The glaze on this King Fisher bookend is known as Crystaline Blue which, as you can see, an interesting blend of blues and depth of glaze. Even though there is only one, this is still a marvelous piece to display in any location.
Exceptional bookend in that it is undamaged, no chips, no cracks, no scratches to glaze. I cannot detect any underglaze crazing on this wonderful piece. It may appear more pronounced due to the macro lens used for the photography. Any non-perfections are from the firing/manufacturing process including glaze misses and glaze pops. Dimensions are below.
H: 5 1/2", Base: 2 3/4" x 5"
- Model: K1208
- Shipping Weight: 3.0000lbs
- 0 Unit(s) in Stock
- Manufactured by: Rookwood