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Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Stoneware
DATES 1980
DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (14 x 52.1 x 56.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed on underside, painted in brown glaze around footrim: "V . O . U . L . K . O . S . 80 . "
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.154
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jan Cowles
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Peter Voulkos (American, 1924-2002). Plate, 1980. Stoneware, 5 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (14 x 52.1 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jan Cowles, 1992.154. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1992.154_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large round, non-functional stoneware plate with irregular contours and surfaces, decorated with tan and rust-colored glazes. Thick plate has undulating edge; plate bisected with a scored line that is split open in the center (showing layers of clay and forming a hole) and separated at one end to form a break in the edge with one side pushed up higher that the other. This line is intersected by a shorter perpendicular scored line off the midpoint. A serpentine incised channel on one side of plate intersects the shorter scored line; a crack runs between this channel and the longer scored line. Five molded bumps irregularly spaced around center of plate and on rim at one end of bisecting line; some are cut open making a hole; they were formed by pushing a finger up through the clay from the underside of the plate. Two small rounded rectangular pieces protrude up through cut-outs along rim (at roughly 2:00 and 11:00). Plate set on cylindrical base scored with horizontal grooves; split open along one side making the base uneven. Glazing: half of plate in mottled rust-colored glaze and the other half in tan; outer edge of rim in both rust and tan sections; underside of plate and base covered with uneven layers of rust-colored glaze with small, dark mottled specks and two large irregularly shaped spots in darker brown glaze. CONDITION: Good; any cracks or irregularities seem intentional.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (78%)
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