About Van Briggle Pottery
Briggle pottery was founded by Artus and Anne
Van Briggle in 1900 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Van Briggle began producing art pottery in 1901.
Artus and Anne were both accomplished decorators
pottery prior to starting Van Briggle. The
Van Briggle's left Rookwood
due to Artus's failing health. Artus suffered
from tuberculosis and it was believed the climate
and altitude change in Colorado would benefit
Artus Van Briggle passed away in 1904 from complications
related to his illness. Anne continued to run
Van Briggle pottery and produced many of the arts
and crafts vases until 1912. The tragic and romantic
side of Artus and Anne's relationship continues
to interest many collectors to this day.
Most collectors define the early period for
Van Briggle up through 1912 and Anne's departure.
The pre 1912 are typically the most sought after
by collectors. Many quality examples of Van Briggle
were still produced in the late teens and early
twenties period. For the most part, collectors
focus on the 1920s or earlier pieces. Look
here for information on Van
Briggle pottery marks.
Van Briggle has the unique distinction of being
one of the only American art pottery producers
from the period to never go out of business. Van
Briggle still produces art pottery to this day.
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