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Pair of Teacups

Two relatively thick, yellow-orange ceramic teacups, each with a tall rounded handle at right and a vertical, rectangular peg at left. A geometric motif in black adorns the left cup, while an animal figure adorns the right.

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  • Two relatively thick, yellow-orange ceramic teacups, each with a tall rounded handle at right and a vertical, rectangular peg at left. A geometric motif in black adorns the left cup, while an animal figure adorns the right.

Date:

1941

Artist:

Sargent Claude Johnson
American, 1888–1967

About this artwork

Although Sargent Claude Johnson is best known for figural works, these teacups are a rare example of his approach to making functional objects. While he was perennially interested in exploring black identity, as in the sculpture Head of a Black Woman (2000.86), Johnson broadened his subject matter and experimented with materials over the course of his career. Here, he used contrasting semicircles and rectangles to shape the handles of the cups and carried this focus on geometric form into abstract patterns, silhouetted figures, and musical instruments.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Sargent Claude Johnson

Title

Pair of Teacups

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1941

Medium

Glazed earthenware

Inscriptions

Inscribed on bottom of both teacups: SARGENT / JOHNSON / 41

Dimensions

Each: 6.4 ✕ 10.8 ✕ 6.4 cm (2.5 ✕ 4.25 ✕ 2.5 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2019.897.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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