Harry Woolliscroft Rhead (1881-1950, English-American)
Roseville Pottery Company (1890–1954), Zanesville, OH
10 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
Harry Woolliscroft Rhead was intensely competitive with his older brother, Frederick Hurten Rhead, a fellow ceramic sculptor, as the two sons followed in their potter father’s footsteps. Harry was always a few steps behind his older brother, succeeding him as art director of Wardle & Co. Pottery at age 19, then following him to Weller Pottery before taking over his brother’s role as art director of Roseville Pottery, where this pot was made. The Mostique line, inspired by the geometric shapes and natural surfaces of Native American pottery, was Harry Rhead’s first major success as a designer. Mostique pottery incorporates stylized images of arrowheads and vegetation. This jardinière transforms an iris into an almost abstract motif.
Not currently on view
Bottom has "606/10" written in pencil
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art