Grueby Faience Company

Grueby is a name synonymous with the American Arts & Crafts Movement and a marker of exceptional quality.

Grueby Faience Company was established in 1894 by William Henry Grueby. A great admirer of the matte glazes of French pottery and the refined simplicity of Japanese ceramics, Grueby founded his company with the intent of creating works of ceramic art that folded these two influences into a singular design philosophy that was wholly American. The bulk of Grueby’s creations were works of art pottery, though the company was also highly regarded for their production of some of the best architectural tiles in America.

The aesthetic of Grueby pottery has been described as ‘organic naturalism’ and can be identified by two defining characteristics; form and glaze. Most Grueby pottery features vegetal shaped forms, often bulbous and gourd-like, adorned with stylized foliate designs that were either placed above or carved into the vessel’s surface. The majority of these pieces were glazed in a matte cucumber green that would come to be the company’s hallmark. Other Grueby glazes exist, including light blue, soft yellow and a handful of other earthen hues, though none of these are as quintessentially “Grueby” as the deep woods green seen on most of the manufacturer’s pieces.

Grueby pottery and tiles enjoyed great popularity in the late 19th and early 20th century and were sold in fine design shops from Paris to New York. Grueby even landed a partnership with Tiffany Studios, producing lamp bases for the renowned lighting and glass manufacturer. Before long, Grueby became a victim of its own success, inciting mass-market competition that led the company to declare bankruptcy in 1909. Grueby emerged from bankruptcy but was shut down shortly after due to a fire in their manufacturing wing. Grueby was able to rebuild, but the weight of tragedy had begun to take its toll. The company closed its doors for the last time in 1920.

In the modern secondary art market, pottery and architectural tiles by Grueby are highly collectible and sought after. Innovative in design, delightful in form, and steeped in history; Grueby pottery and tiles are true American treasures.

Auction Results Grueby Faience Company

MARIE SEAMAN FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase with cinquefoils | ragoarts.com

Marie Seaman for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase with cinquefoils
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $23,750

GEORGE P. KENDRICK FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase, model 84 | ragoarts.com

George P. Kendrick for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase, model 84
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $18,750

WILHELMINA POST FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase with Jack-in-the-Pulpits | ragoarts.com

Wilhelmina Post for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase with Jack-in-the-Pulpits
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $18,750

GEORGE P. KENDRICK FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase | ragoarts.com

George P. Kendrick for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,000

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, jardinière with cinquefoils | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

jardinière with cinquefoils
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

WILHELMINA POST FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare and Large vase with cinquefoils | ragoarts.com

Wilhelmina Post for Grueby Faience Company

Rare and Large vase with cinquefoils
estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $8,125

WILHELMINA POST FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Large vase with leaves | ragoarts.com

Wilhelmina Post for Grueby Faience Company

Large vase with leaves
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $7,500

ADDISON LE BOUTILLIER FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare tile frieze | ragoarts.com

Addison Le Boutillier for Grueby Faience Company

Rare tile frieze
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, vase with leaves and buds | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

vase with leaves and buds
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,625

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Fine and rare multicolor vase | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

Fine and rare multicolor vase
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,625

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, vase with flowers | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

vase with flowers
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $4,063

MARIE SEAMAN FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, vase with leaves and buds | ragoarts.com

Marie Seaman for Grueby Faience Company

vase with leaves and buds
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,500

WILHELMINA POST FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, rare lobed vase | ragoarts.com

Wilhelmina Post for Grueby Faience Company

rare lobed vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,000

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase with Jack-in-the-Pulpits | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase with Jack-in-the-Pulpits
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,250

MARIE SEAMAN FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare vase | ragoarts.com

Marie Seaman for Grueby Faience Company

Rare vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, vase | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,625

WILHELMINA POST FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, tile | ragoarts.com

Wilhelmina Post for Grueby Faience Company

tile
estimate: $750–1,000
result: $500

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, vase | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

vase
estimate: $1,200–1,800

RUTH ERICKSON FOR GRUEBY FAIENCE COMPANY, Rare high-glaze vase | ragoarts.com

Ruth Erickson for Grueby Faience Company

Rare high-glaze vase
estimate: $2,000–3,000