Rookwood pottery began in 1880 in Cincinnati, OH by potter Maria Louise Nichols. Nichols initially demonstrated an Oriental and European influence but quickly mastered Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco styles popular at the time. The best Rookwood pieces are from the earlier period of the company's history (factory still productive) and are easily identified by the well marked bases. They are of a very high quality, hand crafted and have retained their value through the decades. Once you familiarize yourself with Rookwood, you will forever be able to identify its loveliness from afar.