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|Roman Art Company Robia Ware was a trademark of porcelain that was produced by the American ceramic manufacturer, the Roman Art Company.
History & Description
The Roman Art Company was founded in 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Robia Ware trademark was introduced in 1909 and was continued until the company’s closure in 1974.
The Roman Art Company was renowned for manufacturing porcelain animals and figurines, many of which were religious in nature. For example, among the Robia Ware products were busts of Jesus Christ, the Madonna and child and various saints.
Guide for collectors
Collectors can identify Robia Ware pieces by locating the bronze company sticker, which is usually found on the base of the product.
Roman Art Company Robia Ware products are occasionally sold through national auctioneers. However, collectors are much more likely to find Robia Ware products on eBay.
Notable auction sales
On February 14th 2012, a Robia Ware chalkware Art Nouveau figurine of a lady with a borzoi dog, circa 1940s, was sold on eBay for $125.
On February 25th 2012, a Robia Ware chalkware Art Nouveau figurine of a woman with a borzoi dog, circa 1940s, was sold on eBay for $118.50.
On April 13th 2012, a large Robia Ware chalkware 16” bust of Jesus Christ, circa first-quarter of the twentieth century, was sold on eBay for $85.
On April 2nd 2012, a Robia Ware chalkware 12” bust of the Madonna with child, circa first-half of the twentieth century, was sold on eBay for $67.66.
On November 20th 2010 at Ivy Auctions Inc. in Laurens, South Carolina, a pair of Robia Ware 9” figurines of a woman carrying baskets of food and a man holding two lambs realised a price of $50.
On May 21st 2010 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a Robia Ware 12” figurine of a lady with a goat realised a price of $50.
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