Aladdin Vase

Decorator: Maria Longworth Nichols (American, 1849–1932)

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Rookwood Pottery (American, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1880–1967)

Date: 1880–83

Geography: Made in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Earthenware

Dimensions: H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); Diam. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Marcia and William Goodman, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.443


Due to a misunderstanding over the loss of her invitation to join the Cincinnati Pottery Club, Maria Longworth Nichols produced her counterpart to McLauglin’s vases, naming hers the “Aladdin Vase.” The massive vessel demonstrates her fascination with Japanese art through the extravagant use of marine creatures—ray, carp, eels, and turtles in high relief captured within a gold net—drawn from Japanese print sources, to which Nichols had been introduced at the Philadelphia Centennial. Nichols would go on to found, in 1880, one of the most successful and long-lived art potteries, Rookwood, which remained in existence for nearly a century. Before closing its doors in 1967, the Rookwood Pottery had provided a venue for hundreds of talented female artists to professionally decorate ceramic wares.