Research: Luce Center for American Art

Accession #44.1.20a-b
Culture American
MediumSlip glazed red earthenware
DimensionsHeight: 11 in. (27.9 cm) Diameter of base: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur W. Clement
LocationAmerican Identities: Art Making / Centennial Era
DescriptionSlip glazed red earthenware jug (a) with cover (b). Jug: grotesque, so-called Delirium Tremens, applied design of snakes, frogs, and men. Cover in form of frog. Condition: Good

Curatorial Remarks:

The unusual imagery on this jug of coiling snakes, frogs, and turtles intended to suggest the nightmarish delirium brought on by alcohol abuse. Such vessels are illustrative of the temperance movement in the United States in the nineteenth century—which was second only to slavery as a burning social issue. The best known of these vessels were produced by Warren V. Kirkpatrick at the Anna Pottery in Illinois and probably influenced the potter of jug.