|| Red Wing Chromoline Handpainted # 673 Vase - rust/green 1960-61
The name Red Wing, in the world of pottery, means something different to various collectors. To some, it means Crocks. Big crocks, small crocks and everything in between. To others, it may mean Dinnerware and Kitchenware that is unique, with distinctive shapes, patterns and bold colors. And finally, there are those of us who love Red Wing for the vast array of Artware. Artware features a fascinating variety of styles and glazes in function and decorative pieces of pottery.
Aptly named, Red Wing Pottery had its earliest beginnings in Red Wing, Minnesota in the very late 1860's. After a fire in 1870, it reopened under the Red Wing name in 1872 and continued to expand and prosper through the next nearly 100 years. Red Wing closed its manufacturing doors in 1967. It is possible to place approximate dates on some items, due to the introduction of a particular glaze or mold; however, we are only able here to make our best guesses as to the ages of our pieces.
We have a number of Red Wing pottery items from the Artware category. This piece is just one of them:
In late 1960, Red Wing introduced an unusual group of Art pottery pieces. The line was called Chromoline, and these items were different from their usual offerings in several ways. The pieces all displayed the sweeping, bold and sleek lines that were so very popular at that time. A very modern look. It has been referred to as resembling the Eames Era of Modern Design, so prevalent in that era. These pieces were not only unique in their shape, but they were individually hand painted in a striped pattern of very timely colors. There were two color palettes; one being a rust/green (color 502) and the other blue/yellow (color 503). We understand that there were 15 shapes numbered between #671 and #687 produced in this line; however, these strikingly stylish pieces only appeared in three of the Red Wing catalogs. First appearing in the Fall 1960 catalog, they also were listed in the Spring and Fall of 1961, and then they were gone.
Charles Murphy, of Red Wing, has been quoted as describing glazing process as follows:
"Before firing, the pieces were spun on a wheel, and as they were spun, the decorator would hold a brush, laden with glaze to create a ring on these pieces. This process was repeated many time." This was obviously a very labor intensive process, and likely the reason why the line was only available for such a limited period.
This item is probably my very favorite of my Red Wing pieces. It is strikingly unique in design, and rare to the extent that it was only available for one year. I spotted it for the first time from across a whole room of pottery, and it simply had to go home with me. The shape is clean and stylish, and the array of colors permits it to complement and enhance the decor of a room. This item is the #673 Footed Vase. The color palette is the Rust / Green combination, which in reality includes 6 distinct color variations ranging from brown and tan and a rusty orange to near yellow chartreuse, and a green and white. The inside is glazed with the rust/orange color. It measures 8 inches tall, with a 4 inch top diameter and a 3 inch base. This versatile piece has a distinctive modern yet retro look.
The condition of this item is beautiful. I will invite you however to be sure to examine the photos carefully, as there is one very minor flaw on this piece. If you look carefully at the base of vase, you will see a tiny white speck. This is what seems to be a chip about 1/10 of an inch across. I have examined this with a magnifier, and there is actually a bit of the orange glaze that has run into the area, as if it happened during the firing process. I will be happy to take additional photos of that area if requested. The flaw is truly minimal, and does not detract from the charm of this vase; however, it is important to me to point out any such flaws. I find no other damage or signs of wear at all. These pieces were acquired from another collector and had been gently displayed, and definitely cared for. I do hope there is a collector out there who will enjoy it as I have.
I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.