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T.A.C. Colenbrander (Dutch, Doesburg 1841–1930 Lagg-Keppel)
Plateelbakkerij Ram, Arnhem, The Netherlands
ca. 1921
Glazed earthenware
H: 10 1/8 x Diam: 5 1/2 in. (25.7 x 14 cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Trained as an architect, Colenbrander incorporated shapes inspired by nature and the built environment into his designs for pottery and carpets. In 1921, Colenbrander was appointed design director at artist-dealer N. H. (Henri) van Lerven’s newly formed Plateelbakkerij Ram (Ram Pottery) in Arnhem, where he produced some of his most successful work. Renowned for his bright palette and innovative use of fanciful motifs, Colenbrander designed abstract pottery by applying boldly colored glazes onto white or cream earthenware vases.
Marking: (Painted on bottom of foot): "RAM:" / .PATR. LAPPEN. / ARNHEM. / HOLLAND. / F. R. 18.

(Incised on bottom of foot): 18.
[Jason Jacques Inc., New York, until 2010; sold to MMA]

Richard Mills. "T. A. C. Colenbrander and Non-European Art Traditions." Exotica. Lenox, Mass., 2010, p. 136, colorpl. 55, dates it about 1920.

Jared D. Goss in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70 (Fall 2012), p. 70, ill. (color).

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