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Antiques > pottery figurine November 26, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Antiques.

I own a pottery figurine of a kneeling nude. Her hand is outstretched to hold a flower stem, and there are eight holes around the base. It’s signed “Walrath Pottery.” What is it and what’s it worth?

Your figurine is a flower frog, a holder for flower stems. It originally was sold with a matching low bowl that held water. It was made by Frederick E. Walrath (1871-1921), today considered an early studio potter who did high-quality work.

Walrath made pottery from about 1904 to 1921, the same years he worked as a ceramics instructor at three different American universities. But he made most of his pottery between 1908 and 1918, the years he spent teaching at the Mechanics Institute (now the Rochester Institute of Technology) in Rochester, N.Y.

Your flower frog would sell for $300 or more, even without the bowl.

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