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Jazz Bowl

A work made of glazed earthenware, engobe.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware, engobe.


c. 1931


Viktor Schreckengost
American, 1906–2008
Made for Cowan Pottery Studio
American, 1913–1931
Rocky River, Ohio

About this artwork

The Jazz Bowl was originally designed for Eleanor Roosevelt in celebration of her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s re-election as governor of New York, and it has since become an icon of the Jazz Age and an Art Deco masterpiece. Cowan Pottery liked the design, which captures the architecture, music, and nightlife of New York City as Viktor Schreckengost knew it, and the company decided to put the bowl into production. Using Schreckengost’s template and a sgraffito technique, workers scratched the design into the engobe, or black glaze. Schreckengost then inspected and signed the bowl. The final Egyptian blue glaze was applied to reflect New York at night.


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Arts of the Americas


Viktor Schreckengost


Jazz Bowl


Rocky River (Object made in)

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c. 1931


Glazed earthenware, engobe


Signed on body "VIKTOR SCHRECKEGOST", impressed on underside with "COWAN" and firm's mark


23.5 × 42.6 × 43.2 cm (9 1/4 × 16 3/4 × 17 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the Antiquarian Society; Thorne Rooms Exhibition Fund; bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan; and the Winfield Foundation

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