1925 Jamestown Colony Southern Virginia Pottery Vase

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 28,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

In 1921, Paul Griesenauer became highly skilled at making bricks and pottery using the clay from the Piney Grove area, near Jamestown, Virginia. Griesenauer was a skilled pottery maker who experimented with various glaze treatments. He produced an iridescent glaze which is highly prized by collectors today of which is found on this vessel up for auction. This rare arts and crafts, "James Towne Collony" bowl measures 2 1/2" tall by 3 1/2" wide, and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The pot shows a burst of blue and crimson under a burnt gold iridescent glaze. This glaze treatment was very complicated, but executed flawlessly. The pot was hand thrown and modeled showing pinches around the rim. Griesenauer's "James Towne Collony" Pottery revived the artisan movement in Virginia. Contemporary native artists produced portraits, landscapes, and studies characteristic of Virginia scenes with realistic genre painting being the dominant influence. The Negro wood-carver, Leslie Bolling (b. 1898), produced admirable statuettes of racial types. Among those active in the graphic arts were Lois Wilcox, engraver and lithographer, and the wood engravers Charles W. Smith (b. 1893) and Julius J. Lankes (b. 1884). An attempt was also made to revive the handicrafts. In the mountains, mission groups started in 1923 to teach weaving, rug making, needlecraft, bookbinding, cabinet making, wood carving, and allied crafts. The work was taken up by various schools and guilds, and by the Handicraft Projects of the Works Progress Administration. James Towne Collony Pottery flourished at this time (1921-1930's). Griesenauer duplicated old pieces discovered during the Williamsburg and Jamestown excavations, re-introducing them with vibrant glaze work. His work is being rediscovered today. Do not confuse this piece with tourist pottery that is produced at Jamestown today.

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