International Decorative Art

Humidor

Humidor

Design Date
1915–1936

Manufacturer
Marblehead Pottery (1904–1936), Marblehead, MA

Media
ceramic

Dimensions
3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

The Marblehead Pottery started as a project to teach pottery skills as a form of therapy to patients of a Massachusetts sanitarium. Under director Arthur Baggs, who was in charge of the pottery during its entire run, Marblehead ceramics were austere with hand-carved geometric patterns on muted backgrounds. The aesthetic was a stark variation on Arts & Crafts with rough, pebbled matte finishes. Marblehead largely eschewed the naturalistic botanical motifs of the period in favor of repeated geometric patterns.

ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3

Markings
Bottom impressed with "MP" ship logo mark; has original "Marblehead Pottery" oval paper label

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2006.0287

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