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Othello Plaque

A work made of white slip decorated earthenware with "standard" glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of white slip decorated earthenware with "standard" glaze.

Date:

1884

Artist:

Made by Rookwood Pottery
American, 1880–1960
Modeled by J.C. Meyenberg, 1884
American, late 19th–early 20th century
Retailer: Duhme & Co.
American, unknown

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 177

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Rookwood Pottery (Maker)

Title

Othello Plaque

Origin

Cincinnati

Date

1884

Medium

White slip decorated earthenware with "Standard" glaze

Dimensions

Diam. 40.6 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Smith Jr.

Reference Number

1996.367

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