Research: Luce Center for American Art

Pitcher
Accession #43.128.44
Decorator Laura A. Fry
Maker Rookwood Pottery Company
TitlePitcher
Date1883
MediumEarthenware
Dimensions6 3/4 x 6 x 6 in. (17.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
MarksImpressed on bottom: "Rookwood 1883" and initials "L.A.F."
Credit LineGift of Arthur W. Clement
LocationAmerican Identities: Everyday Life / A Nation Divided
DescriptionPitcher, glazed earthenware. White ovoid body rises to short cylindrical neck with slightly pulled spout; body covered with leaf and floral design carved in paste and colored with blue under glaze, neck with two incised bands joined by vertical lines; outer surface covered by a high transparent glaze. Attached handle opposing spout in shape of "7." Condition: Good

Curatorial Remarks:

"The ladies of Cincinnati are slightly demented on the subject of art," noted a writer in the Crockery and Glass Journal in 1879. Indeed, Cincinnati was perhaps unique in the devotion of its upper-class women to handcraftsmanship. An outstanding example was Maria Longworth Nichols—an amateur china painter and daughter of John Nichols, the city's leading philanthropist—who established the Rookwood Pottery and sustained it for its first few years largely by the family fortune. In 1889 Rookwood received a Gold Award at the Universal Exposition in Paris, and it subsequently became commercially successful.