Vase with peacock feathers

Designed by Sara Sax
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. This vase, marked with an incised V, was sheathed in a new type of glaze developed at Rookwood that they called their “Vellum” line, noted for its soft, matte surface. The peacock feather here, both incised and painted, is a rigid conventionalized design that is a more modernist version of developments in America at the end of the nineteenth century.

Vase with peacock feathers, Designed by Sara Sax (1870–1949), Earthenware, American

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