The Ephraim Faience Studio of Wisconsin produced several pieces in early 2002 that greatly resemble Newcomb and SEG/Paul Revere originals. Here you will want to inspect the bottom of the piece. Newer “fakes” will have a bottom that is the same color as the body of the work, while their original counterparts will have a white or neutral colored bottom.
Fulper has produced high quality Arts and Crafts pottery from 1909 to 1930. The granddaughters of William Hill Fulper III revived the work of their ancestor in 1984. These newer pieces very closely mimic the original but are nowhere near the value or quality of the originals. When purchasing Fuller tiles watch for the bottom marks that will be the embossed “Fulper” mark set in two square cornered boxes. By contrast the original mark will include the word “tile” and will have rounded edges.
If your taste run to the quality offered by Rookwood Pottery, be warned that there are two types of “new” (1980s forward) Rookwood in circulation. One group are unauthorized fakes and the second grouping consists of pieces made from made from original company molds. Newer issues are marked in Arabic rather than the Roman Numerals found on the original pieces. Also check the color of the clay as original Rookwood was made from the soft clays of Ohio, while newer pieces will be stark white porcelain.
Considering the age of authentic Arts and Crafts pottery it is not uncommon to find pieces that have been repaired.
Examination under an ultraviolet light will show color variations, and lightly tapping the body of the piece with a coin will reveal a slight variance in sound, if the piece has been repaired.. Until next time,
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