We have a strong following for Ruskin pottery. We offer a free valuation service to people who are considering the sale of their items through our auction room. Click the button to complete our short form, and one of our valuers will be in touch.
The Ruskin Pottery was founded in 1898 by Edward Taylor and his son William Howson Taylor; the name ‘Ruskin’ was in honour of the writer, artist and art critic John Ruskin, as the Taylors agreed with Ruskin’s ideas about beauty and quality. Ruskin pottery is best known for its lustrous, almost iridescent glazes, which took £10,000 and three years of experimentation to perfect - the work was of extremely high quality, and the pottery became very popular at the time despite selling for high prices. Ruskin glazes can be divided into four types: soufflé, which has a mottled effect; lustre, a shiny, jewel-like glaze; crystalline, a cheaper, more mass-produced glaze, and flambé.
Ruskin pieces remain very collectable; the most desirable items are those decorated with the more complex glazes, such as lustre and soufflé, and good examples hold their value well. An added attraction of the early glazed pieces is that each one is unique, with slight variations of pattern. As with all pottery, the value of the individual item is largely dependent on the age, condition and rarity. There’s a strong demand for good, clean examples, with the soufflé and lustre glazes being probably the most sought after. Lustre glazes were produced from 1905 to 1925 in green, lilac, orange, lemon and the most desirable of all, kingfisher blue.
High Fired Ruskin Vase - sold for £660
On the right of this page you will see a few of the Ruskin pottery items we've sold - to see more, including prices and dates, click the button below:
If you're considering the sale of any Ruskin pottery, contact our valuers for a free appraisal. Check our sold lots archive for examples we have recently sold, or sign up to our Lot Alerts if you would like to be notified the next time we have Ruskin pottery for sale.
We offer a free valuation service to people who are considering the sale of their items through our auction room. Click the button to complete our short form, and one of our valuers will be in touch.
Below are a few highlights, or click here view all Ruskin Pottery in our Sold Lots archive.
Ruskin high fired bowl with moulded floral bosses, decorated with a red and purple mottled glaze, marks obscured by the glaze, 25cm diameter ...
Sold for 240 GBP
Ruskin vase, decorated with a mottled kingfisher blue glaze, impressed marks to base, 23cm high Condition report: No damage, restoration or crazing.
Sold for 650 GBP
Ruskin vase, decorated with a green blue glaze, impressed mark and 1921 date code to base, 22.5cm high Condition report: Overall good restoration, ...
Sold for 90 GBP
Three Ruskin lustre vases decorated with pink purple and amber mottled glazes, impressed marks 1923, 1921, and 1918 dates to bases, (3) 30cm high ...
Sold for 380 GBP
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