A deep blue clematis decorated pottery vase designed by Marie de Hoa LeBlanc (American: 1874-1954) sold at auction at Neal Auction Company in New Orleans 27 JUN 09 for $169,000, including 17% buyer’s premium. The previous auction record stood at $108,400.
Newcomb pottery was a product of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The college was established to promote vocational training for young women artists in 1894. About 70,000 pieces of distinct pottery was produced from 1895-1940 by 90 women designers; men were the potters. Each piece was unique. Naturalistic motifs depicting local flora were carved into the clay and the pots were fired with a matte finish. A shade of green made popular by William H. Grueby (American: 1867-1925) dominated the early pieces but later blues and shades of red were used. Pots typically were marked by the designer in code.