Van Briggle Pottery


Van Briggle pottery was started in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by Artus Van Briggle in 1901. Van Briggle studied and worked at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati starting in 1887, as well as in Paris under Rookwood’s sponsorship from 1893 – 1896. It was in Paris, seeing the Chinese Ming dynasty matte glazes and Art Nouveau designs that inspired his work.

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He died in 1904 and his wife took over the company until it was sold in 1912. The company was renamed the Van Briggle Pottery and Tile Company in 1910 and later the Van Briggle Art Pottery Company in 1931. The company is still operational today.

The most collectible and valuable Van Briggle pottery pieces are the ones made when Van Briggle ran the company. The ones produced by his wife are also highly sought after.

Van Briggle Pottery Marks
Prior to 1907 – all pieces had a “AA” mark, a date, and “Van Briggle”, some pieces after 1907 had those marks as well
After 1920 – “Colorado Springs, Colorado” or sometimes just an abbreviation

Popular Van Briggle Pottery
Arts & Crafts vase
Bird of Paradise bud vases
Bowl vases
Bud vases
Flaring vases
Lorelie vase – mid 20th century
Lotus centerpiece bowl
Reticulated vases


12 Comments

  1. Marilynn Sustala November 20, 2016

    I have a black Owl glazed that I purchased in the 60’s/ Can you give me information on that piece. It is signed. I also had a black vase that had an original shade with butterflies. It is now in the hands of a relative. I still love the owl, just curious if they have any value. Thank you, Marilynn Sustala PS. I bought at the Van Briggle warehouse in Colorado Springs.

  2. Jamie October 18, 2016

    Hello, I was hoping to find the value on this Van Briggle vase I’ve recently found. Would gladly send a picture.

  3. Kathleen September 24, 2016

    I have a Van Briggle ‘Lorelei Vase’. Looking at the bottoms of ones posted here for sale, I see none like mine where on the bottom of the vase there is only the familiar symbol, Van Briggle Colo. Sprgs. ~~~~ why does my vase not have any of the letters & other things I’ve seen on the bottoms? Mine was an Estate Sale Purchase. Thank you. Kathleen Smith ~ I am considering selling it.

  4. Mary cain September 21, 2016

    I have various pieces of Wine and the blue-green VB.
    I need to sell these. I inherited all from my parents and sister, who were collectors.
    They mostly small, one big lamp (about 18 inches, and a smaller tri footed lamp on the blue- green. A number of vase FROGS and two sets of suger and creamer, both red.

    We are downsizing to a small retirement cottage, or I would keep everything.

    Anyone seriously interested, let me know.

  5. Mary Ann Badar September 19, 2016

    During a move I lost a van Briggle rose colored bird on a branch lamp and am trying to replace it. Will appreciate any leads to where I can find one

  6. Patricia Hill October 3, 2015

    I am looking for the Geronimo head bust. Do you know where I can find one for sale any where in Montana?

    Thanks for your time.

  7. Eileen September 20, 2015

    I have a small wine vase that says van Briggle with USA under it. I wondered what it was worth?

  8. Carol Hyland September 6, 2015

    My question is since Bertha died is the pottery still in operation?

  9. Lucy August 25, 2015

    I have a wine color vase with hit of blue on bottom. It is signed and # .has th AA & Colo. Do you have any idea what it is worth? I haven’t found this exact one yet on line. Thank You, Lucy

  10. Nancy June 16, 2015

    I am not familiar with the markings. I’ll send a photo.
    Maybe you can educate me.

  11. ellen norton August 25, 2014

    I worked for van briggle 1949-1951. I have 2 pieces purchased in that time: grecian vase and original thrown & signed small bowl. Do you purchase such?

  12. Jan VanNewkirk January 14, 2014

    If I send you a picture of a set of vases and the markings on the bottom, could you give me information on the same and an approx. value?

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