Colorado Gallery

Broadmoor Bookends & Head Vase

#69 2013-12-01

Our featured pottery this time is a pretty Broadmoor Pottery bust figure. The Art Deco flapper bookend has a white high matte glaze and is plaster filled for extra weight.

From a different angle the same elegant form in turquoise.

This lovely piece in cobalt has the same upper form but now has a square base impressed with the Broadmoor-Colorado Springs potters' mark.

The coarse clay departs from Broadmoor's usual smooth buff that makes up our first two busts. Also notice the four plugs in the base where the hollow form was plaster filled.

The first two forms are usually not too hard to find. Our square-based piece is rare.

We don't believe this hollow bust was made by Broadmoor. It only resembles the others at first glance. It is larger with sharper facial features and less tilt to the head. Also notice the dangling earrings not present on the Broadmoor busts above (link).

We also spotted another just like it with a white satin malinite (talc) glaze; very much like some west coast pottery of the same period (like Catalina Pottery).

Our Spanish lady bookend may be Broadmoor Pottery with its successful red glaze, but also may be Camark Potteries who, or whom, had the same red (link).

The glaze seems somewhat thicker and runnier than is typical for Broadmoor, and the browner clay departs from the more typical Broadmoor buff as well. Maybe Camark!

As shown in the molding impression the piece was designed by Elen Anderson (click).

The shot below nicely illustrates how plaster fills the hollow to give it  a more desirable weight as a bookend.

The glaze on this Hippocrates bookend doesn't look bad as far as gunmetal goes.

This perfect Limited Edition Broadmoor-Denver foil label is its only maker's mark.

We can't make out the mold impression (below) on the back of the piece. Probably somebody famous we never heard of (click).

Our next bookend was featured in our guide dog article (link) awhile back.

The red dog is filled with plaster and unmarked.

Our marked gunmetal dog shows the versatility of these forms. Without the plaster fill it is one-half to one-third the weight and makes a nice decorative piece.

The guide dog figure is incised "Gretchen" and has a Denver foil label backside.

Our red Sitting Indian in Oxblood is shown in Carltons' Colorado Pottery with a green drip glaze.

The unfilled piece has a very Broadmoor-like lacquered base (click).

Finally, only because it is another bust form, we show a large head vase attached to a console bowl.

We believe it is an unmarked gunmetal/Ming Yellow Broadmoor piece made in Denver.

Please contact us if you have insights on this or other topics. Thank you.