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.
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
Lorelie vase – mid 20th century
Lotus centerpiece bowl