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Beautiful Batchelder Fireplace

Beautiful Batchelder Fireplace
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The fireplace is Batchelder tile. Batchelder went out of business in 1932, the same year our house was built. The houses on both sides of us have Batchelder fireplaces as well.

On the mantel is pottery by Rookwood, Van Briggle, Newcomb College, Selden Bybee and Clewell. The painting above was done in 1910 by George Frederick Kaumeyer. The fire screen is English, in the style of C. F. A. Voysey. The contemporary fabric in the fire screen and on the wicker rocker is by Archive Edition Textiles.

The plant stand is a rare and early Limbert piece we found at a local antique mall. The tabouret and desk are by L & JG Stickley. The rocker in the foreground is by the Quaint Arts Furniture Company. The ad (next) is from “The Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph,” December 6, 1909 and shows the same rocker (second from the left) listed for $9.48. On the rocker is a contemporary pillow by Ford Craftsman Studios.
Date: 2004-03-16 20:47:38



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Comments

Oh My God! I see lots of Batchelder fireplaces in some of the 1920 - 30's era homes in San Francisco, but they aren't colorful like this. They are almost all uniformly brown. This is amazing!
The Jaundiced Eye 2008-01-27 12:47:22
Gorgeous Batchelder! They just don't make them like they used to.
mins3rdkid 2008-02-11 04:01:40
Since Cincinnati is the home of Rookwood, any house that dates before 1940 and has a tile fireplace must automatically have a "Rookwood" fireplace. We've gotten tired of correcting people. They're always very disappointed that it isn't, or very insistent that it is. Wheatley pottery, (also located in Cincinnati and very collectible), probably produced more tile fireplaces than Rookwood.
tudorhead 2008-02-12 01:41:50
I wonder if somewhere in the world there is a Marblehead fireplace surround. Could you imagine?
The Jaundiced Eye 2009-11-16 06:31:19
I've seen quite a few decorated Marblehead tiles, but not a single field tile, so I tend to doubt it. One thing I've learned about Art Pottery though... never say never.
tudorhead 2009-11-16 20:20:18

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