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A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.


c. 1890


Designed by Edward Kemeys
American, 1843–1907
Made by Joseph Green (dates unknown)
Ottawa, Illinois

About this artwork

In addition to both small- and large-scale bronze sculptures—most notably, the lions flanking the Art Institute’s Michigan Avenue entrance—Edward Kemeys created utilitarian vessels such as this ceramic pitcher. Produced by the potter Joseph Green and sold at Burley and Company in Chicago, the pitcher features four heads of Native Americans similar to those Kemeys sculpted for the lobby of Chicago’s Marquette Building. While the artist employed a geometric decoration reminiscent of Native American basketry, the pitcher’s form is not based on an actual vessel.


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Arts of the Americas


Edward Kemeys (Designer)




Chicago (Object made in)

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c. 1890




14.3 × 22.9 cm (5 5/8 × 9 in.)

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The Chipstone Foundation Endowment

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