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American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney, Martin Eidelberg, and Adrienne Spinozzi
2018
388 pages
431 illustrations
American Ceramic Circle Book Awards, Winner (2019)
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At the height of the Arts and Crafts era in Europe and the United States, American ceramics were transformed from industrially produced ornamental works to handcrafted art pottery. Celebrated ceramists such as George E. Ohr, Hugh C. Robertson, and M. Louise McLaughlin, and prize-winning potteries, including Grueby and Rookwood, harnessed the potential of the medium to create an astonishing range of dynamic forms and experimental glazes. Spanning the period from the 1870s to the 1950s, this volume chronicles the history of American art pottery through more than three hundred works in the outstanding collection of Robert A. Ellison Jr.

In a series of fascinating chapters, the authors place these works in the context of turn-of-the-century commerce, design, and social history. Driven to innovate and at times fiercely competitive, some ceramists strove to discover and patent new styles and aesthetics, while others pursued more utopian aims, establishing artist communities that promoted education and handwork as therapy. Written by a team of esteemed scholars and copiously illustrated with sumptuous images, this book imparts a full understanding of American art pottery while celebrating the legacy of a visionary collector.

Bowl, Adelaide Alsop Robineau  American, Porcelain
1917
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, William Purcell McDonald  American, Earthenware, American
1898
Vase, Grueby Faience Company  American, Earthenware, American
1899–1910
Vase, Paul Revere Pottery  American, Earthenware, American
1915
Jardinière, Union Porcelain Works  American, Porcelain, American
Multiple artists/makers
1876
Pilgrim vase, Union Porcelain Works  American, Stoneware, American
Multiple artists/makers
1876
Tile, Trenton Tile Works, Earthenware, American
1884
Vase, Susan S. G. Frackelton  American, Stoneware, American
1879
Pitcher, Rookwood Pottery Company  American, Earthenware, American
Multiple artists/makers
1881
Vase, John Bennett  American, Earthenware, American
1882
Vase, John Bennett  American, Earthenware, American
1878–82
Vase, Maria Longworth Nichols  American, Earthenware, American
1880
Vase, Haviland & Co.  American and French, Pottery, French, Limoges
19th century
Vase, Chelsea Keramic Art Works  American, Earthenware, American
1876
Plaque, Chelsea Keramic Art Works  American, Earthenware, American
ca. 1876–80
Plaque, Charles Volkmar  American, Earthenware or lava, American
1877
Vase, Charles Volkmar  American, Earthenware, American
ca. 1877–79
Jardinière, Charles Volkmar  American, Earthenware, American
ca. 1877–79
Vase, Charles Volkmar  American, Earthenware, American
ca. 1877–79
Vase, Charles Volkmar  American, Earthenware, American
ca. 1877–79
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Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney, Martin P. Eidelberg, and Adrienne Spinozzi. 2018. American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection. New York New Haven London: The Metropolitan museum of art Yale university press.