Vase with violets

Decorated by John D. Wareham
Manufacturer Rookwood Pottery Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

It was in Cincinnati at the Rookwood Pottery that the drive toward more organic, plant-based forms found fruition. Whether it was a result of the general Zeitgeist of 1900 or more specific influences from Europe, some Rookwood artists gradually freed their designs from the constraints of wheel-based forms and painted decoration. Here, the vase is wholly in relief with its decoration of African violets, the neck with an openwork design created by the tangled stems.

Vase with violets, Decorated by John D. Wareham (1871–1954), Earthenware, American

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