According to Warman’s Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide, Cremo is consistently one of Roseville's rarest and most valuable lines. This guide states that the pattern was introduced in 1912, while most other resources indicate a production date of 1905. Nevertheless, the concurrence among pottery enthusiasts is that any Cremo find is a good one. In fact, collectors will sometimes purchase a damaged piece just to have an example in their collections, which is not the norm for more commonly found antique and collectible pottery, including most other Roseville lines.
Learning to correctly identify Cremo is paramount to avoid overlooking a great find, since these pieces exhibiting Art Nouveau flair were all unmarked. According to justartpottery.com, the pattern's "tube-line decoration features green, curved lines with blue and yellow flowers on a background that blends from pink to yellow to green… there are 11 vases and one jardinière listed on the factory stock page. Many of the shapes used for the Cremo pattern come from the Roseville Rozane line."
This pattern should not be confused with the similarly named and more commonly found Cremona pattern made by Roseville, which was produced much later and actually looks very different than Cremo.
About the Cremo Example Shown Here
This Roseville Cremo vase may be more valuable than the average piece due to its apparent extreme rarity. When sold in November, 2012, Morphy Auctions was unable to find a similar shape listed in any Roseville reference guide. Since there was no found record of this style or provenance provided by the seller, one can speculate that it may have been an experimental one of a kind piece, or a piece thrown and decorated by a Roseville employee for personal use in Cremo colors.
The exceptional color and beautifully executed glaze also make this piece extremely attractive to advanced Roseville dealers and collectors. Not an overly large piece, it measures just 8 1/2" tall. It was sold in excellent condition, making it even more desirable. The hammer down price of $8,400 does not include the buyer’s premium charged by the auction house.
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