Vase

A work made of glazed earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.

Date:

1903/9

Artist:

Design attributed to George Prentiss Kendrick
American, 1850–1919
Decoration attributed to Eva Russell
American, active c. 1905
Grueby Faience Company
Boston, 1894–1909

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 178

Artist

Grueby Faience & Tile Co.

Title

Vase

Date

1903–1909

Medium

Glazed earthenware

Inscriptions

Impressed on bottom in circle with centered lotus blossom: GRUEBY•POTTERY / BOSTON • U•S•A; 5/25; and the initials ER

Dimensions

37.5 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm (14 3/4 × 8 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2008.558

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