About this artwork
Seen as exotic, Islamic-style decorative motifs enjoyed great popularity in the United States in the 1880s, and William Shakespeare’s play Othello offered a famous example of a Moorish subject. Created by Rookwood Pottery, one of the earliest art pottery makers in the United States, this rare plaque may have been commissioned to commemorate a local production of the play. The designer evoked the main character’s Moorish origins by inscribing his name in pseudo-Arabic script and using concentric bands of stylized foliate and calligraphic motifs reminiscent of Islamic architectural decoration.
- Rookwood Pottery (Maker)
- Othello Plaque
- White slip decorated earthenware with "Standard" glaze
- Diam. 40.6 cm (15 1/4 in.)
- Through prior acquisition of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Smith Jr.