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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Boston (Massachusetts) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George P. Kendrick (Designer)
    Grueby Faience Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, the basic form cast, the decoration hand-modelled

  • Museum number:

    1684-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics, case 18, shelf 1

William Henry Grueby (1867-1925) began his career working for a brickworks in Boston. As the company's representative he visited the Chicago Exposition, 1893, where he met other potters and saw the work of French ceramicists. Auguste Delaherche became a major influence. In 1894 he set up the Grueby Faience Co. to continue production of bricks, tiles etc but also to begin making pottery. George Prentiss Kendrick, already well-known as a designer in metal wares, was designer to the pottery until 1901. Grueby's production was an instant success and gold and silver medals were awarded at the international exhibtion, Paris, 1900. By then, their wares were sold by the influential Samuel (Siegfried) Bing at his celebrated shop in Paris, from where the Museum purchased two examples. The clay used in the architectural faience production was also used for the pottery. The basic form was thrown and the raised leaves and flowers were applied in thin rolls of clay, arranged and worked by hand. Most modelling and decoration was done by the women students from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and other schools. Grueby developed a range of matt glazes of which the green (known as Grueby Green) was the most successful and the most imitated.

Physical description

Vase, stoneware, decorated with leaf-like forms, covered with a matt brown glaze

Place of Origin

Boston (Massachusetts) (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

George P. Kendrick (Designer)
Grueby Faience Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, the basic form cast, the decoration hand-modelled

Marks and inscriptions

'Grueby Faience Co. USA Boston' around a lotus flower within a circle and '135', impressed, and paper label.

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Diameter: 13 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Samuel (Siegfried) Bing's shop L'Art Nouveau, 22 rue de Provence, Paris

Historical significance: Purchased from Samuel (Siegfried) Bing's shop L'Art Nouveau, 22 rue de Provence, Paris

Descriptive line

Vase, made by Grueby Faience Co., Boston, Massachusetts USA, about 1899, earthenware, slip-cast

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

Jervis, SSJ: (ed) Art & Design in Europe and America, V&A, 1986, p.201

Labels and date

Vase
made by Grueby Faience Co., Boston, Massachusetts, USA about 1899
Marks:
Earthenware, slip-cast

1684-1900 [16/07/2008]

Categories

Ceramics; Art Pottery

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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