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Vase

A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.

Date:

c. 1909

Artist:

Designed by Annie E. Aldrich
American, 1857–1937
Made by John Swallow
American, 1856–1920
Decorated by Sarah Tutt
American, 1859–1947
Made by Marblehead Pottery
Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1904–1936

About this artwork

Marblehead Pottery exemplifies the American Arts and Crafts movement’s preoccupation with therapeutic reform through handicraft. Herbert Hall established a ceramics studio at his Marblehead sanatorium in 1904 to rehabilitate “nervously worn out patients.” Hall hired professional ceramist Arthur Baggs to assist with production, and by 1908, Marblehead had begun to focus on pottery with incised geometric designs in contrasting matte colors. Here the Japanese-informed teachings of Arthur Wesley Dow, who led a summer art colony at Ipswich, 18 miles from Marblehead, inspired the vase’s stylized marsh landscape.

Status

On View, Gallery 178

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Marblehead Pottery

Title

Vase

Origin

Marblehead

Date

c. 1909

Medium

Glazed earthenware

Inscriptions

Marked on base: "M" and "P" flanking a sailboat at sea within a circle (mark of Marblehead Pottery); beneath Marblehead mark, "A" and beneath this "T" (presumably the initials of Annie E. Aldrich--the designer--and Sarah Tutt--the decorator).

Dimensions

21.6 × 17.5 × 17.5 cm (8 1/2 × 6 7/8 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Vance American Art Fund; purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

2008.74

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