Keramics & Rookwood: American & European Art Pottery — Curated by Riley Humler
Sale 2001 Lot 1034
Alfred Laurens Brennan (1853-1921) for Rookwood Pottery
earthenware Spanish water jug with decoration consisting of a lobster and the Rookwood RP trademark on opposing sides, shape number 108
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1883
high glaze ceramic
impressed factory marks including a small kiln and glaze designation (Y for Yellow clay)
7 1/4″w x 6 1/2″d x 9 3/4″h
Peck, Herbert, The Second Book of Rookwood Pottery, Herbert Peck, 1985, p. 31
While Brennan is not considered one of Rookwood’s better artists, he is noted for having created the company’s RP logo and adding it to several pieces in 1883, three years before the logo was officially adopted by Rookwood. This vase is certainly one of those, although the typical white square below the logo, which would contain Brennan’s initials and the date, is not legible. In Herbert Peck’s The Second Book of Rookwood Pottery, three Brennan pieces from the Cincinnati Art Museum are displayed on page 31 with the RP logo, one of which has the small square with initials and date visible.
Fine crazing in the glossy areas.