In the 1970s, a young artist known as Jim Rumph created a line of fantasy-themed art pottery in his "Slyme Factory" facility in the southern California beach community of Santa Monica. He sold his pieces at the nearby Renaissance Pleasure Faire and at local specialty shops like Sherry Gottlieb's A Change of Hobbit bookstore, among others. In later years, the pieces also began appearing at local chain gift and specialty stores. In the decades since then, many of Jim's pieces have become highly desirable and collectible. Even some of the the later pieces that were mass produced, such as the Stars Wars tankard on this page, are now collectible.

The various Rumph items for sale on this page were purchased new in the 1970s by me, the proprietor of this website, and have been in my collection since then. While each piece was originally designed with a specific use in mind, e.g., drinking mug, beverage tankard, planter, display shelf, etc., all of the items below have been used exclusively as display pieces over the years. Three of the items suffered some damage in a moving mishap many years ago, but they were repaired (they still bear a few scars) and have been treasured posessions and display pieces ever since. Click the image or MORE INFO button on each piece to see more photos and a detailed description, then click the Add to Cart button to purchase. Items will be carefully and securely packed for shipping.

BACKSTORY ON MY ZUNILL THE MAIDEN:
In late 1974 I drove to Westwood to A Change of Hobbit bookshop to hopefully purchase one of these planters as a Christmas present for my wife that year. I had seen one there in the past, and had already purchased a couple of Rumph pieces from Sherry, but as it turned out there was no Zunill planter available that day. However, when I asked Sherry about it she told me that Jim's factory was only a few miles away, and said that I should drive over: Jim was often there, and I might have better luck. I consulted the folded paper road map (remember those?) in the glove compartment of my VW Beetle and made my way over. I arrived in an industrial area outside of an unassuming warehouse-looking building. I parked on the street outside and walked up a few steps onto a loading dock and went in through a large sliding door that was open at the time. Inside I found numerous tables and shelves with rows of different pieces in various stages of completion. There was only one person inside that I could see, a young man (like myself) with long dark hair, wearing a dusty apron over jeans and a white t-shirt. He smiled and said "Hi, I'm Jim, welcome to my shop!", then he asked how he might help me. When I told him my story, he looked around for a moment and said he was sorry, but he had no Zunill pieces ready for sale. But then, after a short pause, he said "Wait a minute - come with me." We walked to the end of the building and through a door into what turned out to be his office. It had a cluttered desk, more tables and shelves full of various objects including his own creations, posters and paintings on the walls, etc. From one of the shelves he took down a Zunill planter, the one you see on this page, and set it on the desk. He said "This is one that I made for myself, but you're welcome to it." At about this time, the phone rang; he excused himself and answered. I looked around while he talked, and at one point the caller must have asked what he was doing, because he replied "Making new friends!" He hung up, I paid him cash for the piece, and thanked him. he wrapped up the planter for the ride home, we shook hands, and he showed me out the way I had come in. The last thing I saw was that smile beaming at me from the open doorway on the dock as I walked back to my car, treasure in hand.

Barbaric Bar and Beastly Bookshelf
Barbaric Bar and Beastly Bookshelf

1973

Limited edition

$600.00 + S&H

Alligator Wrestler Tankard
Alligator Wrestler Tankard

1971

Limited edition

$200.00 + S&H

Buy Alligator Wrestler Tankard

Obi-Wan Kenobi Tankard
Obi-Wan Kenobi Tankard

1977

Limited edition

$100.00 + S&H

Buy Obi-Wan Kenobi Tankard

Zunill the Maiden
Zunill the Maiden

1974

Limited edition

$400.00

Zolthar the Wizard
Zolthar the Wizard

1974

Limited edition

$300.00

Magical Chalice
Magical Chalice

1971

Limited edition

$150.00

Demon Drinking Horn
Demon Drinking Horn

1973

Limited edition

$300.00

Man in the Moon Cup
Man in the Moon Cup

1975

Limited edition

$400.00

The Magic Age of Rumph Catalog

1973 - Ltd. Ed. (OOP)
Condition: NEW
$50.00

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