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    Posted 5 years ago

    antiquerose
    (1435 items)

    Hi CW Gang:

    I got this a couple years ago when we were up at the lake. I bought is as it was signed and had a label on it. Now the label that looks to say CEDAR on it could be, as a thought: ( A ) Cedar Point, OHIO ?? or a ( B ) Place called Cedar Gallery or something like that. There are a few galleries with that name.

    :::: UPDATE :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    The ID of this vase was done by both MIKELV85 and CANYONROAD. As stated below it is from Cedar Mesa Pottery, a factory and wholesale manufacturing company in Blanding Utah.....This particular line is called "Indian Rainbow".....the bottom seems to say a hastily written "Benaly," ( or James Benally ) followed by "Navajo

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    Thanks for LOOKING // LOVING !!

    ~ Rose

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    1. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Cedar is probably the venue where this vase was sold. I think the second part of the "signature" is Navajo. The name above it I will leave to CanyonRoad to translate. I like these vases, they are so pretty. :)
    2. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Thanks KATHERINE -- I thought about the second word being Navajo too, but the very last letter looks like a dotted small * i *

      So that is why I did not think it was that word.......maybe I need New, new Glasses...LOL
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      I think it might be the Cedar Mesa Pottery Rose. The have an potter named James Benally who is a Navajo. I think the bottom reads Benally/ Navajo. Here's the link :

      http://www.cmpottery.com/categories/navajo-pottery-artists/pottery-artist-james-benally

    4. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      This was made by Cedar Mesa Pottery, a factory and wholesale manufacturing company in Blanding Utah. They hire Navajo and Ute workers to decorate and sign the pots.

      The pieces are slip cast in molds, and fired in commercial kilns, and then painted by the workers. There are probably more than 50 different lines or themes, each with variations in colors, that are applied to an average of 25 different shapes or forms, plus lamps, Christmas ornaments, plates, etc.

      This particular line is called "Indian Rainbow." The factory has a digital catalog on their website, which makes it easier to identify the name of the specific design pattern, and the forms it comes in.

      It probably doesn't really matter what the "signature" says, since this isn't traditional Indian pottery, it is manufactured gift ware with an "Indian theme," produced by a factory that employs Native Americans. But it does appear to be a hastily written "Benaly," (a very common Navajo name,) followed by "Navajo."
    5. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      Sorry, mikelv85, guess I wasn't fast enough! But I agree, you got it!
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      That's OK Canyon Road you really know your stuff and I just got lucky searching Cedar and stumbled onto their website. The price tag matches exactly compared to other pieces as well...lol.
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Thanks MIKE and CANYONROAD for the ID -- I would have taken another 5 years to figure it out. Was sure that last number was an * i * but I guess not

      Both OF YOU ARE AWESOME !!!
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Your glasses are fine, Rose. The dot is the dot over a small j, confusing since the beginning of the word is in caps, and the last letter, o, looks like an l or c, even an upside down Mexican question mark. That is a very sloppily-written "Navajo," easy to misread. Still a pretty pot! "Indian Rainbow!"
    9. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      Practically unreadable signatures are probably a result of the workers being rushed to sign as many pieces as possible as they come off the assembly line. It's an effective marketing device, on the part of the factory, because it does give the impression that this was actually hand-made by a Navajo potter. But it isn't really a wise use of the labor force. The person signing the pot may not even be the person who decorated it. I've talked with former workers, both this company and for Mesa Verde factory, which made much the same type of ware but is no longer in business. Consensus seemed to be, the workers are happy to have a steady job, but not too happy with the work itself.
    10. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      I'd like to be a NYTimes bestselling author, too. Life isn't fair, lol.
    11. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Just wondering IF ~ CANYONROAD ~ could take a look at this post of mine. Thanks in advance !!

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/114809-native-pottery-pitcher#comment-866052
    12. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the ~ LOVES ~

      rucklczglass

      SEAN68

      Trey

      Rick55

      racer4four

      OneGoodFind

      Caperkid

      vintagelamp

      vetraio50

      PhilDMorris

      gargoylecollector

      aura

      mikelv85 --> Thanks MIKE, You nailed it!!! Special prize for you!!
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      MyFavoriteTreasures

      brunswick

      katherinescollections --> Thanks for the comment!! You guys are SO GREAT here on CW !!

      Peasejean55

      ......@ CanyonRoad --> Thanks so much for your input here too. Your are also a Hero. I posted a question for you about another piece I have if you could take a look at it. Also a internet GIFT for your Knowledge too:

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    13. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      Thank you, antiquerose! I'm sorry I didn't see the question about the other post until now. (But the pitcher in the other post is Mexican pottery, from the state of Guerrero.)
    14. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      CanyonRoad, if this were my website, I'd put a gold star by your name.

      Are you listening, CW admins? Some of the truly expert and knowledgeable people who solve so many mysteries -- gold stars by their names.
    15. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      @ katherinescollections -- I agree, plus would be nice to be able to search for things easier.

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