Friday, March 13, 2015

Roseville Pottery Proper Color Names

Most of the Roseville Pottery lines from around 1930 until they closed in 1953 came in three distinct color themes. They are often referred to by the main background color such as Red, Pink, Blue, etc. However, unknown to many collectors, around 1940 Roseville began giving proper names to the colors, and expressed them in advertisements. Below is a short list of 15 pottery lines and the color names as given by Roseville.

White Rose     1940   Coral         Autumn Brown   Sea Blue
Columbine      1940   Red           Sand Brown     Frost Blue
Bushberry      1941   Blue          Green          Orange
Peony          1942   Coral         Sienna Brown   Nile Green
Water Lily     1943   Rose          Walnut Brown   Ciel Blue
Clematis       1944   Forest Green  Autumn Brown   Ciel Blue
Freesia        1945   Tangerine     Delft Blue     Tropical Green
Zephyr Lily    1946   Sienna        Bermuda Blue   Evergreen
Snowberry      1947   Dusty Rose    Persian Blue   Fern Green
Apple Blossom  1948   Coral         Aqua Blue      Apple Green
Wincraft       1948   Apricot       Azure Blue     Chartreuse
Ming Tree      1949   Temple White  Jade green     Celestial Blue
Artwood        1951   Stone Gray    Poppy Yellow   Emerald Green
Bittersweet    1951   Dawn Gray     Marsh Green    Saffron Yellow
Capri          1952   Cactus Green  Metallic Red   Sandlewood Yellow
Raymor was introduced in 1952 with five colors: Beach Gray, Terra Cotta, Avacado Green, Autumn Brown, and Contemporary White. They later added Burmese (Black), Spring Gray, and Gold.

This list can be very useful when you have Roseville Pottery for sale. Having the ability to identify the correct color name makes you appear more knowledgeable about the pieces you wish to sell, and increases the chance of a sale. If you discover other given names, please let us know so that we can expand this list.

Ming Tree Ad listing proper color names.

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