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Question: I found this pottery pitcher in a local antique shop a few years ago. It is unmarked. Can you tell me who made it and its age?

Answer: This pitcher was an early product of Roseville Pottery Company, an American manufacturer that was incorporated in 1892 in Roseville, Ohio. The company grew and expanded operations to Zanesville, Ohio, in 1898. Collectors often focus on Roseville's art pottery while overlooking the company's utilitarian wares, such as this pitcher. Roseville produced these embossed pitchers before 1920 in about a dozen patterns, mostly floral. This one is called Grape. The raised images are colorfully, if not skillfully, hand-painted. They all are finished in high-gloss glaze. Because the pitchers were intended for everyday use, surviving examples often show evidence of wear. They are priced $50 to $80 or more when found in excellent condition.

-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News