Designer Adelaide Alsop Robineau American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Robineau's success with porcelain making paralleled her mastery of increasingly complex decorative techniques. She was a skilled porcelain carver, inciser, and exciser, and her designs were often inspired by Asian, Egyptian, Native and South American art. This bowl, with a spiraling serpent at its center and carved crouching Mayan figures and serpents on its legs, demonstrates her superb carving. The contrasting pale, carved interior, a coiled serpent depicted with concentric circles of diamond-shaped scales in varicolored glazes, alleviates the heaviness of the strong sober form with the monochromatic exterior.

Bowl, Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American, Middletown, Connecticut, 1865–1929 Syracuse, New York), Porcelain

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.