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Sauceboat and underplate ("American Modern" Dinnerware)

A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.




Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
Made by Steubenville Pottery
Steubenville, Ohio

About this artwork

An ardent promoter of modern design, Russel Wright developed his American Modern line of dinnerware in 1937, which included serving pieces such as this sauceboat. Wright claimed that the organic shapes of the pattern reflected each piece’s function, and that muted colors such as seafoam blue were used in order to “dramatize” the service of food. Although Wright designed the line in 1937, American Modern was not produced until 1939, because of the skepticism of potential manufacturers during the Great Depression. Nonetheless, it has proved to be one of the most popular ceramic patterns ever created.

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Arts of the Americas


Russel Wright (Designer)


Sauceboat and underplate ("American Modern" Dinnerware)


East Liverpool


c. 1937–1959


Glazed earthenware


Sauce boat: 6.4 × 22.9 × 16.5 cm (2 1/2 × 9 × 6 1/2 in.); underplate: 2.5 × 27.6 × 15.9 cm (1 × 10 7/8 × 6 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Beryl C. Michels

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