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Pitcher (USA)

This is a pitcher. It was company: Biloxi Art Pottery and ceramist: George E. Ohr. It is dated ca. 1893–1909 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Though adamantly independent, Ohr, the self-titled “mad potter of Biloxi,” created ceramics in tune with the nature-inspired Art Nouveau style. This pitcher, focused more on form than function, translates the classic shape of a wheel-thrown pitcher into a more organic, expressive vessel thanks to its slumped sides and earth-toned palette.

This object was donated by Marcia Goodman and William Goodman. It is credited Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.

  • Hanging, Vitae
  • linen, wool, silk.
  • Gift of Elizabeth Gordon.
  • 1964-24-65
  • Bowl (USA)
  • painted and glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-34

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.2 x 19.4 x 11.7 cm (4 x 7 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Incised underglaze: "G E Ohr" in script

Cite this object as

Pitcher (USA); Company: Biloxi Art Pottery (United States); Ceramist: George E. Ohr (American, 1857–1918); glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 10.2 x 19.4 x 11.7 cm (4 x 7 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.); Gift of Marcia and William Goodman; 1984-84-36

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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