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About Van Briggle Pottery

Van Briggle Pottery InformationVan 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 for Rookwood 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 his health.

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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