The Two Red Roses Foundation holds an unparalleled collection of archival materials spanning more than three decades in the career of ceramicist Arthur E. Baggs (1886-1947). The core of these holdings is the generous gift of Baggs' granddaughters, Ms. Laura Bretas and her sister, Sarah Saleh. The Foundation remains deeply grateful for their important contribution to our growing collection of scholarly resources.
In 2007, a large and varied assemblage, including these and other materials from the original estate, was painstakingly documented for the Baggs family by scholar Dr. Susan Montgomery. Select items that were not part of the donation, including paintings and drawings, were scheduled to be sold in March 2008 by Rago Arts and Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey. The Foundation was pleased to be able to purchase at this auction all of these additional watercolors and drawings – as well as a selection of tiles – reuniting these elements with the gift of the archival material to present a richer perspective upon the artistry of this renowned ceramicist.
Expanding upon the original inventory produced by Dr. Montgomery, the TRRF is pleased to be able provide a detailed, searchable, index of the LTB inventory here.
Books, catalogs, magazines, and periodicals found in the Baggs Archive are listed separately and may be found by clicking the button below.