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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.

Not currently on view

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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