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Mug

Mug

  • Place of origin:

    Porvoo (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finch, Alfred William, born 1854 - died 1930 (maker)
    Iris AB (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware incised with decoration cut through coloured slip and applied dots of white slip

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.759-1966

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics, case 22, shelf 2

Around 1900 Finland's awareness of its national identity found expression in a burgeoning of design and the arts in general. The Iris Workshops were part of this movement. The potter (and painter), Alfred William.Finch (1854-1930), an Englishman brought up and educated in Brussels, had an international training and experience which he brought to Finland at the invitation of Louis Sparre, the founder in 1897 of the Workshops in Porvoo. The Workshops also produced furniture, textiles and glass, all of it radical and influential, despite the Workshops' short existence. After its closure in 1902, Finch went on to head the ceramics department at the Central School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki.

Finch's deceptively simple utilitarian earthenwares were part of th Iris Workshops' pioneering attempt to establish a new, essentially Finnish culture, breaking free from former Swedish influence. His ceramics were plain with simple elegant decorations reflecting his association with contemporaries such as Henri van de Velde (1863-1957).

Physical description

Earthenware mug, incised and with slip decoration in green, blue and white.

Place of Origin

Porvoo (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Finch, Alfred William, born 1854 - died 1930 (maker)
Iris AB (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware incised with decoration cut through coloured slip and applied dots of white slip

Marks and inscriptions

'AWF IRIS FINLAND' and 'LMM' in monogram [incised] and other indistinct marks
'LMM' for La Maison Moderne (Paris)

'LMM' [in monogram, impressed]

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm

Object history note

Acquired for the Museum by Barbara Morris, Assistant Keeper, Dept. of Circulation, on a visit to Finland, following the exhibition 'Finlandia' held at the V&A, 1961

Descriptive line

Earthenware mug, with incised and slip decoration, made by Alfred William Finch at the Iris Workshop, Porvoo, ca. 1900.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul Ed., Art Nouveau : 1890 - 1914. London: V&A Publications, 2000. 464 p., 26.9pl, ill. ISBN 1851772774
Opie, Jennifer Hawkins. Scandinavia: ceramics & glass in the twentieth century. London: V&A Publications, 1989. cat. no. 121, p 61, ill. ISBN 1851770712.

Labels and date

MUG

CIRC. 759-1966

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

Finch's deceptively simple utilitarian earthenwares were part of the Iris Workshops' pioneering attempt to establish a new, essentially Finnish culture, breaking free from former Swedish influence. His ceramics were plain with simple, elegant decorations reflecting his training with Henri van de Velde (1863-1957). After the closure of the Workshops he became head of ceramics at the school of industrial design in Helsinki thus directly influencing the new generation of Finnish ceramists and designers. [1987-2006]

Production Note

Designed for Iris Workshop, Porvoo.

Materials

Earthenware; Slip

Techniques

Incised

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns

Categories

Images Online; Ceramics; Earthenware; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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