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Cup and Saucer

Maker:
Chelsea Keramic Art Works (1872–1889)
Date:
1879–83
Geography:
Made in Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.440.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
This rare example of domestic tableware by Chelsea Keramic Art Works exemplifies the taste for Far Eastern motifs during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Its angular forms and honeycomb surfaces emulate the shape and hand-hammered texture of Japanese metalwork but also reference the designs of Christopher Dresser. The soft celadon glaze is the successful result of the firm’s extensive experiments to imitate and perfect the monochromatic glazes found on Chinese ceramics.
Marking: impressed on underside: CHELSEA KERAMIC / ART WORKS / ROBERTSON & SONS
Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, Villanova, Pennsylvania, until 1982
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