Malibu Potteries Bookends

07 Oct

Take a look at this fantastic pair of Arts & Crafts genre bookends made by the the short-lived Malibu Potteries sometime between 1926 and 1932.  They are to be coveted for artistic merit, subject matter and rarity.  We wish we had them in our collection.

Photo of Malibu Potteries Bookends

Private Collection,Image courtesy of Tile Heritage Foundation,Monk Bookends, Malibu Potteries,1926-32.

Joe Taylor, President of the Tile Heritage Foundation, shared this photo with The Bookend Collector. Thank you Mr Taylor.

Mr. Taylor is an acknowledged, internationally-known authority on California tile production.  He edited the comprehensive California Tile: The Golden Era 1910 – 1940 published by Schiffer Books, 2004.

Malibu Potteries was born of oil exploration on Rancho Malibu, a portion of the original Spanish Land Grant of 1802 known as Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit.  No oil of significance was found but substantial and quality clay deposits were located.  With these antecedents, products of the Malibu Potteries really fit the description of “Old California.”  The beauty and extent of the Malibu Potteries’ production can be appreciated by visiting the Adamson House in Malibu, California.

The tiled outdoor dog bath at the Adamson House usually provokes a desire for one’s own outdoor dog bath.  The view down the Southern California coast from the veranda is spectacular and includes a beautiful tiled fountain.


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6 responses to “Malibu Potteries Bookends

  1. Janet Johnson

    May 14, 2014 at 09:34

    I was wondering if the monk bookends are marked, since they look just like one seen on the worthpoint site with a Catalina Island sticker?

    • Bookend Collector

      May 14, 2014 at 10:26

      You are correct that the Catalina Monk Bookends look very similar to the Malibu Pottery Bookends. If you look closely, there are subtle differences. The Malibu bookends have crisper lines – such as in the spine of the book. The book leaves are clearly delineated on the Malibu set yet not on the Catalina bookend. Also, the folds of the garment are slightly different. Carole Coates in her excellent book, CATALINA ISLAND POTTERY AND TILE: ISLAND TREASURES (Schiffer Publishing), has a photo of the Catalina Pottery Monk Bookends on page 33. The legend reads, “Monk bookends. Blue glaze. signed “Catalina.” Very heavy. Similar to Malibu and Gladding McBean. ..” Clearly, this was a popular image.
      The photo of the Malibu Pottery Bookends in the above post was supplied by the Joe Taylor at The Tile Heritage Foundation.
      Thanks for commenting on The Bookend Collector.


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