Bisque California Faience Vases

On July 5, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Here are two small unglazed (bisque) vintage vases made by California Faience.   One was made with reddish clay and has a classic shape with a straight lip.  The smaller one is acorn shaped with deeper brown clay, also with a straight lip.   Contact us for more photos if […]

Rare California Faience Memorial Vase

On May 24, 2017, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 A limited amount of signed vases were made for the family shrine of Hidemaro Shibuya, a 6 year old boy who had a tragic death.   This is one of the vases, specially engraved and ordered by his father in 1932 for a shrine in his home.   Satiny turquoise […]

Cal Faience Vintage Decorated Plate

On October 11, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Lovely plates made by one of the pottery founders, Chauncey R. Thomas, was made in the Inzik style in the early 1930’s.   A depiction of a Saz leaf and chrysanthemums decorate each plate and glossy glazes compliment the design. 9  1/4″ wide Excellent condition; artist signed.   Turquoise-edged plate […]

California Faience Book by Kirby Brown

On October 8, 2016, in California Tiles, Miscellaneous Items, Pottery, by nancy

“California Faience Ceramics for Cottages and Castles”  by Kirby William Brown, grandson of one of the original founders, William Bragdon. A beautiful tribute to the works of this fine pottery and tile maker.   The book contains 275 pages of history and illustrations that Mr. Brown has accumulated and photographed over many years.   We […]

Vintage California Faience Vase

On October 8, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 From Period I (1915-1933) slightly tapered vase with open mouth.   Light turquoise blends with darker blue with glossy finish.    Simple, yet elegant. 4″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide Very good condition; signed.  Has teeny glaze pop on top edge and some marks near the bottom.  They don’t feel […]

California Faience Tall Vase with Cuenca Band

On October 8, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Stunning tall vintage vase is from the company’s period III, 1922-1933.   It has a pleasing tapered body with a cuenca polychrome decorative band near the top.   Glaze colors are shades of blue, maroon and green with glossy finish. 8″ tall x 4″ wide Excellent condition; signed. Qty = […]

Large California Faience Bowl

On October 7, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 This 12-sided vintage bowl has a broad pedestal and curved lip.   Glossy dark blue and turquoise glazes blend together and drip down the sides.   The interior is a mix of satiny turquoise and pale blue. 10″ wide x 3  1/4″ tall Great condition; signed. Qty = 1 $300 […]

Cal Faience Flower Frog

On October 7, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Three delightful crabs cover this vintage flower frog.  Beautiful turquoise glaze has a glossy finish and there are 10 openings for flowers. 4  3/4″ wide x 2″ tall Very good condition; tiny chip on bottom edge.  Signed. Qty = 1 $325    

Glossy Cal Faience Vessels

On October 7, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA   1915-1950 A trio of vintage art pottery pieces all from Cal Faience’s early period.  There’s the elusive black apple-shaped vase, a Pueblo Indian bowl and flared-lip squat vase.  All have smooth, glossy glaze colors.   Contact us for more photos of any one of them. 3 – 5″ tall, 3 […]

California Faience Vase

On October 7, 2016, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Here is a simple, apple-shaped vase with no lip.   Glossy glaze is a pale mustard color.  “Beauty in simplicity”. 3  1/4″ tall x 3  3/4″ wide Excellent condition; teeny glaze pops.  Signed. Qty = 1 $300  

California Faience Matte Glazes

On October 8, 2015, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 We just acquired these wonderful matte-glazed pieces.  All are signed California Faience and are well made examples of their fine art pottery.   Contact us for more individual photos and details if interested. 3″ – 5″ Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 each (sold green vase) $550 – $675  

Ginger Jars/Cal Porcelain/Cal Faience

On September 17, 2015, in Pottery, by nancy

California Porcelain/California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Here are 2 examples of lidded ginger jars, the glossy one from California Porcelain and the matte version from California Faience.   Cal Porcelain pieces were made briefly during the 1920’s at a nearby location and are rarer.   Extensive information on both is now available in Kirby Willian […]

Lidded Temple Jars/Cal Faience

On September 17, 2015, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Majestic lidded temple jars in 3 glossy glazes with button-top lids.  These were made between 1920-1933 according to Kirby Brown’s research.   Nice addition to home or office. Sold individually. 10″ tall x 4  1/2″ wide Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 each Turquoise Qty = 2 each Cobalt Qty […]

Cal Faience Low Bowl

On January 22, 2015, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Vintage low bowl has matte black exterior with glossy mauve glazing inside.   This shape was introduced in the company’s early years. 9″ x 2″ Great condition; signed Qty = 1 $425    

California Faience Candle Holders

On August 1, 2013, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950’s These graceful candle holders will add beauty to any setting, with deep blue glazing on the outside and turquoise inside.  There are two indented rings near the top and a raised ring near the bottom.  Dated between 1922-1933.  Sold separately. 7″ tall x 4″ wide Excellent condition; signed Qty = […]

California Faience Border Tiles

On May 22, 2013, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 This chevron design was popular with the old tile companies.   Cal Faience’s version is eye catching on these vintage border tiles with raised lines separating the glossy glaze colors.   Wish we had more to offer! 5  3/4″ long x 1 7/8″ wide x 3/8″ thick Excellent condition; never […]

California Faience Tall Ribbed Vase

On April 4, 2013, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Vertical ribs cover this stunning vintage vase from Cal Faience.  It has glossy turquoise glaze and a tapered form.   Made sometime between 1922-1933.   An asset to any collection. 8  3/4″ tall x 4″ wide Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 $2500

California Faience Bowl with Flowers

On April 3, 2013, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 This vintage bowl or vase has glossy blue glazing with a cuenca polychrome band on the upper portion.  Quite adorable and very collectible.  We have a second one just acquired – if interested, ask for photos. 4″ wide x 2  1/4″ tall Excellent condition; signed Qty = 2 $1200

California Faience Ribbed Vase

On April 3, 2013, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 This attractive vintage vase has a  short tapered body with rounded vertical ribs.  Glossy maroon glazing on red clay.   This is dated between 1922-1933.  We also have a taller version. 5  1/4″ tall x 4″ wide Great condition; signed.  Minor surface marks. Qty = 1 $1200

California Faience History & Photos

On November 23, 2012, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  Circa 1920-1950 This small company was established by William Bragdon and Chauncey Thomas, both well-educated and talented ceramic artists, who both taught at the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA.  They were successful in making quality tiles and pottery and selling them to a high-end market across the […]

California Porcelain Bowl

On April 12, 2012, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience/California Porcelain, Berkeley, CA    1915-1950 Art pottery pieces made by William Bragdon and Chauncey Thomas were under several names between 1916-1930.   One of those names, California Porcelain, was made for only one year, sometime in the mid-1920’s.   This rare 10-sided, flared bowl has California Porcelain’s signature.   The matte microcrystalline glazing […]

California Faience Lidded Temple Jar

On February 22, 2012, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  c1915-1950 Very collectible vintage lidded temple jar has matte cobalt  glazing and a button top domed lid.   This piece is dated between 1915-1933 based on research from an old Cal Faience catalog.  This shape is sometimes referred to as ginger jar. 4  1/2″ tall x 3″ at its widest Excellent […]

California Faience Framed Castle Tile

On December 2, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Very rare and wonderful vintage tile from California Faience, who produced an incredibly diverse line of exquisite tiles, pottery and architectural features.  Raised lines and bright, glossy glazes cover this 6″ tile, and in the recessed area is a depiction of a simple medieval castle.   Carefully mounted in a […]

California Faience Deco Bowl

On November 11, 2011, in Pottery, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 Vintage rectangular bowl has Art Deco styling with vertical ridges.  The glossy glazes include green around the top and creamy white; the clay showing through is a nice touch.  This was made between 1934-1950. 6 3/4″ x 4″ x 3 1/4″ Excellent condition; signed Qty = 1 $285  

California Faience Peacock Trivet

On November 11, 2011, in California Tiles, by nancy

California Faience, Berkeley, CA  1915-1950 We date this vintage, signed round tile trivet from Cal Faience between 1919-1933.   It has excellent color separation due to the raised lines that create the design.  Cal Faience’s signature turquoise glazing with its glossy finish contrasts nicely with the matte cobalt, mustard and maroon. 5  1/4″ x 1/2″ […]