About this artwork
Inspired by the French earthenware at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, William H. Grueby established his own firm in Boston the following year. By 1900, under the direction of George Prentiss Kendrick, Grueby Faience Company specialized in producing earthenware in solid shapes based on Asian precedents in a small spectrum of matte colors with elegant applied decoration. The color, shape, and symmetrical arrangement of daffodils on this vase evoke Japanese elements that Kendrick would have recognized through his involvement with the Boston Society of Art and Crafts. The beauty of Kendrick’s designs—along with the laborious handcrafting—made Grueby among the most popular pottery in the country. Unfortunately, Grueby’s devotion to time-consuming applied decoration led to the company’s demise.
- Grueby Faience & Tile Co.
- c. 1903–1909
- Glazed earthenware
- Impressed on bottom in circle with centered lotus blossom: GRUEBY•POTTERY / BOSTON • U•S•A; 5/25; and the initials ER
- 37.5 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm (14 3/4 × 8 × 8 in.)
- Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society; through prior acquisition of the B. F. Ferguson Fund; Skinner Sales Proceeds Fund; Wesley M. Dixon Jr., and Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowment; through prior acquisition of the Antiquarian Society; Goodman, Simeon B. Williams, Harriet A. Fox, and Wendel Fentress Ott Endowment; Highland Park Community Associates; Charles R. and Janice Feldstein Endowment Fund for Decorative Arts