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Rookwood Pottery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rookwood Pottery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gerald and Virginia Gordon Collection

Nancy E. Owen

136 pages
140 color plates; 17 black-and-white reproductions

Paper ISBN 0-87633-169-x
Cloth ISBN 0-87633-167-3

The Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, was probably the most famous company making art pottery in the United States in the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century. Proud that the pottery was “an artist’s studio, not a factory,” Rookwood Pottery is known for achieving exceptionally fine glazes and successful experimental designs. Gerald and Virginia Gordon have created a magnificent collection fully representing all aspects of Rookwood production, which they have generously given to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With the Gordons’ gift, the Museum now has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Rookwood pottery, which is published here for the first time. Each object has been newly photographed especially for this publication and is reproduced in full color.

The story of the creation of Rookwood Pottery and its quest for artistic creativity is told by noted Rookwood scholar Nancy Owen. Author of Rookwood and the Industry of Art (2001), Owen is a lecturer in American art and gender studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A statement from the donors discussing the formation of their collection, a short history of the Museum’s Rookwood holdings, a complete checklist documenting all the objects, a selected bibliography, and an index of makers and decorators complete the presentation of this volume.