International Decorative Art



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

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2006.0287