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A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.


c. 1909


Designed by Annie E. Aldrich (American, 1857–1937)
Made by John Swallow (American, 1856–1920)
Decorated by Sarah Tutt (American, 1859–1947)
Marblehead Pottery (American, 1904–1936)
Marblehead, Massachusetts

About this artwork

Marblehead Pottery exemplifies the American Arts and Crafts movement’s preoccupation with therapeutic reform through handicraft. Herbert Hall established a ceramics studio at his Marblehead sanatorium in 1904 to rehabilitate “nervously worn out patients.” Hall hired professional ceramist Arthur Baggs to assist with production, and by 1908, Marblehead had begun to focus on pottery with incised geometric designs in contrasting matte colors. Here the Japanese-informed teachings of Arthur Wesley Dow, who led a summer art colony at Ipswich, 18 miles from Marblehead, inspired the vase’s stylized marsh landscape.


On View, Gallery 178


Arts of the Americas


Marblehead Pottery




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c. 1909


Glazed earthenware


Marked on base: "M" and "P" flanking a sailboat at sea within a circle (mark of Marblehead Pottery); beneath Marblehead mark, "A" and beneath this "T" (presumably the initials of Annie E. Aldrich--the designer--and Sarah Tutt--the decorator).


21.6 × 17.5 × 17.5 cm (8 1/2 × 6 7/8 × 6 7/8 in.)

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Vance American Art Fund; purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society

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