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Pair of Teacups

A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.

Date:

1941

Artist:

Sargent Claude Johnson
American, 1888–1967

About this artwork

These teacups are rare examples of Sargent Claude Johnson’s approach to making functional objects. Best known for carved figural works from the 1920s and 1930s that depict the beauty and dignity of African American people, Johnson broadened his subject matter and experimented with materials over the course of his career. Here, he used contrasting semicircles and rectangles to shape the handles of his cups and carried this focus on geometric form into the glazed imagery, including abstract patterns, silhouetted figures, and musical instruments.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 264

Artist

Sargent Claude Johnson

Title

Pair of Teacups

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1941

Medium

Glazed earthenware

Inscriptions

Inscribed on bottom of both teacups: SARGENT / JOHNSON / 41

Dimensions

Each: 6.4 ✕ 10.8 ✕ 6.4 cm (2.5 ✕ 4.25 ✕ 2.5 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2019.897.1-2

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