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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Arthur and Rita Townley Collection to be Sold at Holiday Sale 2012

Humler & Nolan is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Arthur and Rita Townley Collection in its Holiday Sale 2012, which will be held on December 1st and 2nd

The Townley Collection consists of over 200 rare examples of mostly American Art Pottery with more than half being early examples of Rookwood Pottery. 

Longtime Art Pottery enthusiasts Arthur & Rita Townley spent much of their life savings to purchase the Rookwood Pottery Company and its remaining assets in 1982. At the time, overseas manufacturing firms were threatening to make the former Cincinnati, Ohio pottery a foreign owned entity, for the first time since its beginnings in 1880. The Townleys spent the next thirteen years cataloging, organizing and preserving the legacy of the company that was once considered America’s finest Art Pottery.

The Townleys only released a few, limited runs of newer Rookwood items, based on the molds of the original pottery. Most of their efforts were focused on the preservation of the integrity of this iconic American name until allowing the company to return to Cincinnati in 2006.

Active collectors for many years, Art and Rita were well known in pottery circles, spending many days in July each year at the Pottery Lovers convention in Zanesville, Ohio where many of the items to be auctioned were either purchased or displayed by the Townleys. 

 Arthur Townley passed away in September 2011, prompting the consignment of the long held collection of rare Rookwood Pottery as well as fine and rare examples of Weller, Roseville and Owens along with a few European pieces and some contemporary works.