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International Decorative Art

Mostique Jardinière

Mostique Jardinière

Design Date
1915

Designer
Harry Woolliscroft Rhead (1881-1950, English-American)

Manufacturer
Roseville Pottery Company (1890–1954), Zanesville, OH

Media
ceramic

Dimensions
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

Markings
Bottom has "606/10" written in pencil

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2002.0021

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