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Weller “Roba” 13 inch Gladiola Vase is Today’s Holiday Special

Weller Pottery, c.1934-39 "Roba" 13" Floral Vase (Gladiola) w/ Ribbon Handles, Item # R-20, List Price $385.00 Today's Special Price $250.00

Weller Pottery, c.1934-39 “Roba” 13″ Floral Vase (Gladiola) w/ Ribbon Handles, Item # R-20, Book Price $385.00 SOLD!

Today’s Special Holiday offering is this embossed floral vase from the 1934-’39 line “Roba” by Weller Pottery.  Yellow gladiola against a textured white background that fades into a green base. The vase has a slightly flared lip and ribbon handles. The size and extraordinary condition of this vase is impressive. Bottom incised “Weller Pottery Since 1872” in script with the mold number “R – 20.”

Weller, c.1934-39, "Roba" Gladiola Vase - Close-up of Detail

Weller, c.1934-39, “Roba” Gladiola Vase – Close-up of Detail SOLD!

As with all of our daily specials they are available from 5:00 PM  on the day they are posted until 4:59 PM the next day. We guarantee that the item will be in superb condition and we offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. We guarantee that your selection will arrive well packaged and double boxed at a discounted shipping price of $20.00 in California and $25.00 for the rest of the USA. California residents are subject to local sales tax.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal and guarantee that your insured item will arrive in plenty of time for the gift-giving season.  To order call our Direct “Daily Special” Phone # 949-496-1889 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

If you have any questions you may also e-mail us direct at BillyBlueEye@cox.net. We look forward to hearing from one very lucky collector.  This is a terrific Weller vase!

January 25, 2014

Please Note:  The Special Holiday Pricing has expired. If interested in this terrific vase, please contact us.

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Apple Blossom Roseville Bud Vase & Rum Rill Tulip Vase are Today’s Daily Super Specials

Roseville Pottery, c. 1948 "Apple Blossom" Bud Vase, Mold #, 381- 6, List Price $205.00, Daily Special Price $130.00

Roseville Pottery, c. 1948 “Apple Blossom” Bud Vase, Mold #381- 6, List Price $205.00

Our first Super Special for Monday, December 9th  is from one of Billy Blue Eye’s  favorite American pottery companies – Roseville.

Roseville Pottery (1890-1954) is considered to have been one of America’s finest Art Pottery firms and certainly one of its most loved by ceramic collectors world wide. The “Apple Blossom” pattern was first introduced in 1948 and quickly became one of the most popular lines of its time. Collectors were attracted to the hand-painted twig handles, a design feature that is still admired today. This 6.25″ bud vase comes from a crisp mold and is precisely painted. Finished in a Terra-cotta colored glaze the vase is moderately crazed, typical for this pattern, and is bottom incised “Roseville U.S.A. 381-6.”

Roseville Pottery, c.1948 "Apple Blossom" 6.25" Bud Vase

Roseville Pottery, c.1948 “Apple Blossom” 6.25″ Bud Vase (Reverse View)

As with all of our daily specials they are available from 5:00 PM  on the day they are posted until 4:59 PM the next day. We guarantee that the item will be in very good condition and we offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. We guarantee that your selection will arrive well packaged and double boxed at a discounted shipping price of $15.00 in California and $20.00 for the rest of the USA. California residents are subject to local sales tax.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal and guarantee that your insured item will arrive in plenty of time for the gift-giving season.  To order call our Direct “Daily Special” Phone # 949-496-1889 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

RumRill Blue Stipple Tulip Vase  c.1938-42

Rum Rill Pottery, c.1938-41, 9″ Footed Tulip Vase in Dutch Blue Stipple Glaze, List Price $95.00

George Rumrill was commissioned by Red Wing Pottery of Red Wing, Minnesota to produce a series of Rumrill releases under the Red Wing name from 1932 until 1937. At the end of his tenure with Red Wing he returned to Zanesville, Ohio and led Rumrill Pottery into a productive and creative period known as the Ohio Years. During this time a distinctive Rumrill line was successfully introduced that allowed Rumrill to become a respected producer of utilitarian ceramics and Art Pottery.

This 9″ tulip inspired vase is a product of the Ohio Years (1938-1942) and is finished in the Dutch Blue Stipple glaze, one of Rumrill’s most distinctive finishes.  Rising from its base the vase unfurls in a scalloped rim. It is in excellent overall condition but does have production pin hole glaze pops which are frequently found in Rumrill ceramics produced during this period. The vase is faintly bottom incised “Rumrill H-11.” (The product number)

January 25, 2014

Please Note:  The Special Holiday Pricing has expired. If interested in one or both of these vases, please contact us.

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Great 2013 Holiday Inventory and Daily Super Specials

c.1957-72 by Albert Hallam in '57 13" x 6" Centerpiece Console MCM orig label, Item #1498-2, $155.00

Beswick Pottery c.1957-72 by Albert Hallam in ’57 13″ x 6″ Centerpiece Console Mid Century Modern w/ original label, Item #1498-2, List Price $155.00 SOLD!

Billy Blue Eye Pottery has hired a team of “Holiday Elves” to present to you some terrific ceramic items at Reduced Holiday Prices.  These daily specials will be available from 5:00 PM  on the day they are posted until 4:59 PM the next day. We guarantee that the item will be in superb condition and offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. We guarantee that your selection will arrive well packaged and double boxed at a discounted shipping price of $15.00 in California and $20.00 for the rest of the USA. California residents are subject to local sales tax.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal and guarantee that your insured item will arrive in plenty of time for the gift-giving season.  To order call our Direct “Daily Special” Phone # 949-496-1889 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Our first offering is this Beswick Pottery (Est. 1892) of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England oval centerpiece bowl that was designed by Albert Hallem in 1957 and produced from 1957 until 1972. The footed bowl was hand painted in an abstract, playful black and white design giving the work an Atomic Ranch, Eames Era look. The bowl is bottom stamped with the “Beswick England” stamp & faintly incised “Beswick – Made in England 1498-2”. (The mold number) An original “Beswick Ware” label is still affixed to this terrific Mid Century Modern work.

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Howard Pierce c.1945-50 – 9.5″ x 6.5″ Speckled Green Arcature vase w/ Horse & Tree, Item number P-500, List Price $225.00 SOLD!

Today’s second offering is this increasingly rare Arcature Vase made by Chicago born Howard Pierce (1912-94) who was at the forefront of the California ceramic movement creating stylized, distinct porcelain sculptures of animal, bird and human subjects. He was admired by his peers for his creation of many unique glaze processes and his ability to oversee all areas of product production up to the placement of finished works in only the finest gift shops and department stores nationwide.

In the early 1950s Howard created limited edition Arcature Vases taking snapshots of animal life and recreating scenes in the center of well crafted vases. Each finished product looked like a still life freeze in a television screen, a novelty in the early ’50s.. The tableau used in the this vase is a horse and old tree with gnarled branches. This speckled green glazed vase frames the silken white horse and tree beautifully. It is in-mold marked “Howard Pierce Claremont, Calif. # P-500.”

The Billy Blue Eye team is also adding new inventory to our individual pottery company pages. Be sure to check out some of the beautiful new items from Beswick and Weller PotteryIf you have any questions regarding any of our items or Daily Specials you may also e-mail us direct at BillyBlueEye@cox.net.  We will be happy to send additional photos upon request. A special thank you to all of our clients for your support and we offer sincere wishes for a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year to you all.

January 25, 2014

Please Note:  The Special Holiday Pricing has expired.  If interested in one or both of these terrific items please contact us .

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Unique Holiday Shopping at Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market

Red Wing Pottery, c.1938-45 8.5″ Pair of Art Deco Inspired Candleholders in Coral, mold # 981, $125.00 pair SOLD

It is that time of year again and Billy Blue Eye has left no rock unturned to find some creative, unusual and of course beautiful ceramics perfectly suited for Holiday gift giving. Be the first to see our 2012 discoveries on Sunday, November 18th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1938-54 Designed by Mr. Symcox in 1938, 9″ x 6.5″ Art Deco Candy Dish/Tray, mold # 627, $85.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.  Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A-853.  Look for our familiar green and white tent. We will have over 225 ceramic and stoneware items available and we offer free gift boxes and a liberal exchange policy.

It is hard to believe that here we are once again approaching the holiday season. Each one of us at Billy Blue Eye wish to thank all of our loyal collectors and friends for making our job so enjoyable. We sincerely appreciate your business and wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas – Order by Thursday 12/22 for Christmas Delivery

We all have done it, in fact I am guilty of doing it this year. And what is this horrible disaster in-the-making event? Well it’s waiting until the last few days before Christmas (or until the second day of Chanukah)  to begin your Holiday gift shopping.

Never fear, Billy Blue Eye is here! We have plenty of great gift ideas for all budgets and will get your selections gift boxed and shipped in time to arrive before Christmas if you order before noon on Thursday, December 22nd.

Weller Pottery, c.1920’s “White and Decorated Hudson” 8.5″ Hand-painted Cylindrical Vase, $295.00 SOLD!

If you do not see what you are looking for on our website, e-mail or call us and we can send you photos of items that are available but are not pictured online.

You can place an order by calling us direct at 949-496-1889 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time, and we accept Master Card, Visa or Pay Pal. We will ship all orders over $200.00  for free using USPS  Insured Priority Mail and offer a full refund (less return shipping charges) if you are not 100% completely satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? As of this moment you have three days and eleven and one-half hours until Santa’s sled takes flight. Give us a call and let Billy Blue Eye find that special gift for that special someone.

Rum Rill Pottery (Red Wing) c. 1930’s 7.75″ Jug Candle Holder/ Sconce, front view, $100.00 Rare find! SOLD

Rum Rill Pottery (Red Wing) c. 1930’s 7.75″ Jug Candle Holder/ Sconce, rear view, $100.00 Rare find! SOLD

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Great Holiday Gifts at the Long Beach Antique Market Sunday, December 18th

We invite you to join us in a year-end celebration and sale at the Long Beach Antique Market this Sunday, December 18th.  All of us at Billy Blue Eye are most thankful to our faithful clients, collectors and friends that have helped to make this a terrific year.

Rum Rill (Red Wing) Pottery, c.1930’s 7″ Dutch Blue Stippled Vase, Mold #630, $115.00 SOLD

We began 2011 by setting up a  booth for the first time at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held on the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. The three day event introduced us to our neighbors to the south in San Diego County and we are hopeful to include another visit  in our 2012 show schedule.

We also enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the spring and fall Whittier Street Fairs where we found that the love of antiques runs strong in that historic city. We set up shop at the Rose Bowl in July for the first time and were amazed at the sheer size of it all; so much to see, so many people to meet and yes so little time to shop.

“Hawaiian Hut” An Original Watercolor by James Coleman, c. 1980’s, $2,899.00

We became a “regular” vendor at the “best little Flea Market in Orange County” held in Tustin on the fourth Sunday of the month where we reconnected with some of our OC clients and of course we faithfully pitched the familiar green and white tent at the Long Beach Antique Market the third Sunday of every month.

“Hawaiian Hut” Original Watercolor by James Colemen – Close-Up View

The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  Each month we look forward to this event as it is our “favorite” show not only for the quality and quantity of great antiques and collectibles but more importantly because of the terrific people we have met and we look forward to see each time that we are there.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1934-40 by Mr. Symcox in 1934 6.25″ Drip Glaze Bud Vase, # 193, $80.00 SOLD

So please join us at this last Long Beach show of 2011 as we celebrate the Holiday Season by bringing out our very best original artwork, ceramic and stoneware items many from our personal collections and available for a limited time only. You will find beautiful, unique gifts for that special someone at all price points. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to treat yourself to that Van Briggle vase you’ve been dreaming about. We offer a liberal exchange policy so just in case Aunt Lisa doesn’t share the same enthusiasm you have for mid-century design she’ll be able to select another ceramic turtle to add to her brood.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950’s 10.5″ Hand painted “Accordion Man” by Belle Kogan, # B1417, $150.00 SOLD

We wish to take this opportunity to offer a sincere, heartfelt thank you to you our readers, collectors and friends for trusting us and for shopping with us when one has so many options be it virtual or brick and mortar storefronts. We wish each of you a Happy Chanukah, the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with the happiness of a life filled with love, kindness and peace.

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Special Holiday Flea Market in Tustin – Sunday, December 4th

A special Holiday Flea Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th in Olde Towne Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission. Be sure to stop by and see why the Orange Coast magazine named it in their “101 Favorite Things – the Best of 2011” issue.

Orange Coast Magazine, July 2011, "Best of 2011" Issue, page 89

Billy Blue Eye will be offering selections from all of your favorite pottery companies including Rookwood, Roseville, McCoy, Weller, Van Briggle, Red Wing, Beswick and many more.  We offer a wonderful selection of gift items and even have a liberal exchange for credit  plan just in case that gift purchase is not quite right. We hope to see you there!

Brush McCoy Pottery, c. late 1940's - 1950, 8.25" Blended Glaze Footed Vase, Mold # 595, $ 68.00 SOLD

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