Louise Beauer Little Red Riding Hood Cookie Jars
Louise Beauer Little Red Riding Hood Cookie Jars are collectible cookie jars created by the American designer Louise Bauer.
History & Description
Louise Bauer was an American ceramic-artist who designed the Little Red Riding Hood line of cookie jars.
The jars were designed by Bauer in 1943 with a patent assigned to the American-based pottery manufacturer, A. E. Hull Pottery Company. However, Hull pottery only produced blanks, which were then sent to Royal China and Novelty Co. (a division of Regal China) to be decorated. The finished jars were then sent back to A. E. Hull Pottery Company for distribution.
The line of cookie jars was produced until 1957.
Guide for collectors
The Bauer design has been widely reproduced, and although some fakes are clearly labelled, such as the Dept. 56 and Jonal jars, others are reproduced with fake Hull or Regal stamps. The most common reproductions have McCoy Pottery stamps. Collectors should be aware, however, that the McCoy Pottery Company never made Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars.
Records indicate that cookie jars with poinsettia decorations are the most valuable. There are three variations, each with slightly different sizes of flowers decals. In addition, jars with a red spray-over on the bottom of the dress but without any poinsettias or poppies, are also highly sought after by collectors.
Notable auction sales
On April 14th 2009 at Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Indiana:
- A cookie jar with poinsettia decal and green basket, circa 1950s, realised a price of $900.
- A cookie jar with poinsettia decal and green basket, circa 1950s, realised a price of $500.
- A cookie jar with poinsettia decal and green basket, circa 1950s, realised a price of $420.
On May 6th 2012, a cookie jar with poinsettia decal, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $545.
On July 11th 2007 at Belhorn Auction Services in Columbus, Ohio, a cookie jar with green closed basket and poinsettia appliques, circa 1950s, realised a price of $325.
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