Made by Rookwood Pottery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1880 - 1960. Decorated by Kitaro Shirayamadani, Japanese (active United States), 1865 - 1948, active at Rookwood Pottery, 1887 - 1911 and 1921 - 1948.

Made in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, North and Central America



Stoneware (Standard glaze line)

26 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (66.7 x 18.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

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Currently not on view

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gerald and Virginia Gordon Collection, 1999

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  • PublicationGifts in Honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Using her family’s financial resources, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer established the Rookwood pottery manufactory in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1880. Almost immediately, the company attracted the finest ceramic artists, who began wonderfully innovative experiments with colored glazes to complement their designs. Both the artistic caliber of the potters and the rich variety of the glazes they used distinguish Rookwood pottery as some of the finest wares made through the mid-twentieth century in the United States.

    Edwin AtLee Barber, Museum director from 1907 to 1916, was particularly interested in the history and collection of ceramics. During his tenure, he purchased examples of Rookwood pottery directly from the artists at various international exhibitions for the Museum’s burgeoning collection of decorative arts. It is, therefore, fitting that this institution has become the repository for over one hundred pieces of Gerald and Virginia Gordon’s spectacular collection of Rookwood pottery. The Gordons’ magnanimous gift raises the Museum’s rank to the premier venue in which to view the finest late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art pottery.

    While the Rookwood manufactory marketed its products based on the different glazes, the Gordons collected their pieces with an eye for the numerous aesthetic styles that motivated the artists. The Gordon's collection embodies the breadth of artistic influences as well as the variety of shapes and glazes that make Rookwood pottery so desirable. Alexandra Kirtley, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gifts in Honor of the 125th Anniversary (2002), pp. 88-89.