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Trash To Treasure ! /George Rumrill For Red Wing Pottery/ 13" Turquoise And Olive Drip Glaze Handled Vase /Circa 1930's

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I spied this on the window sill at Salvation Army this morning. I wouldn't have given it a second look but I noticed the white stucco coating was chipped and a bit of turquoise blue was peeking through. So I picked it up and turned it over. The bottom was the same turquoise and there was a mark "Rumrill". Now I knew about George Rumrill's designs for various Ohio Potteries I just couldn't figure out why anyone would slather this ugly white stucco all over it. To hide damage possibly ?? A liberal dose of citrus stripper followed by a good soaking and the true beauty began to emerge. The coating was latex based so it peeled off a little bit but I mostly wore my finger nails down carefully scraping it off inch by inch. Even the interior was coated with the gunk. I spent about four-five hours to complete the job. Now I have a beautiful 13" olive and turquoise drip glaze vase. There are even splashes of bronze and orange in the mix. Some tiny chips to the rim that were hidden by the coating but not too bad considering what it's been through. What a job ! but... What a vase ! -Mike-

    George Rumrill
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    News Article (excerpt)

    In her book RumRill Pottery, the Ohio Years 1938-1942, (Collector Books, 2008) author Fracesca Fisher features her private collection, which is extensive, but also details the history of this small company.

    RumRill Pottery was the brainchild of George Rumrill, a Texan whose forte was sales. Fisher said no one really knows why Rumrill turned to pottery, but one of his earlier jobs in 1926 was as a sales manager for the Louis Schneider Candy Company, Little Rock, Ark. For reasons unknown, in 1930 he started the Arkansas Products Company which sold art pottery such as Niloak and Camark.
    Over the course of the next two years, Rumrill began producing a line of pottery under the RumRill name but it was not manufactured in Arkansas, though the RumRill Pottery Company did have offices in Little Rock. Rather, Rumrill farmed out his designs to be manufactured at established companies such as Red Wing in Minnesota and Shawnee, Florence, and finally Gonder – all located in Ohio. By doing so, RumRill Pottery suffered its share of woes.
    It was 1931. Red Wing was tired of its everyday ware and wanted to produce art pottery. A deal was made between Rumrill and Red Wing that Red Wing would manufacture art pottery under the RUMRILL name over the course of a five-year period. Red Wing filed for trademark protection for “Rum Rill” in 1935. Through research, author Fisher found “that George Rumrill assigned his ’RUMRILL’ trademark to Red Wing Potteries in 1936.”

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      JOB WELL DONE !!!!!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Kevin :)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Gorgeous!! Good eye. Such a great restoration - You were the right person to save this. Love it!
    4. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      You've every reason and right to feel proud ~ great restor! [;>)
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Well spotted, well restored, well saved Mike.
      It's beautiful - the brown and turquoise are subtle together.
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      A great story and a nice piece of art !
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much everyone for the "loves" and comments ...Val, Nevada, Karen, and Phil. :)
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Agree with Karen, good eye, Mike, and great job on the restoration! You saved a beautiful treasure. :)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Katherine...that stuff was pretty stubborn but well worth the effort to remove it. :)
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thank you Thomas, Aura and Roy. :)
    11. MyFavoriteTreasures MyFavoriteTreasures, 5 years ago
      I am just seeing this now, and WOW! That's why you never, never, EVER disregard that little "gut feeling", that intuition, that little tiny voice in your head that says "get it, get it"!! What a wonderful outcome, and what a wonderful vase! Your patience and hard work paid off, way to go!
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" and the compliment MFT. I was really worried about damaging it but I read that furniture stripper works well on paint splattered glazed pottery. The citrus type is mild and works quite well. As long as there's no surface painted designs. :)
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" Kiva. :)
    14. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 5 years ago
      You put a lot of work into this piece. End result...Beautiful!
    15. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      Good eyes mike to find this treasure, almost a detective job, I love to find stuff like this hide in some way, that only a good perseverance reveal.
      Another great post and storyline, keep up the good find.

    16. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Ken and Alan for the "loves" and compliments.
    17. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      I don't know what part of your post I love most!
      The restore result, the patience you showed, your guess about it real nature, beauty of the vase?
      All of that is stunning :-D
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kyra...I'll take a gentlemanly bow on this
    19. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      This was definitely worth a few worn finger nails! =))
    20. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks AnnaB.... I totally agree :)

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