Rookwood Pottery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Gerald and Virginia Gordon Collection
Author: Nancy E. Owen
Publisher/Date: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Antique Collectors' Club (c. 2003) First Edition. NAP Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New green cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 135 pages, checklist, index of makers and decorators; 8.3 x 11.75 x 0.7 inches. Lavishly illustrated in full color.
Description: This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Elegant Innovations: American Rockwood Pottery, 1880-1960" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from November 15, 2003 to February 8, 2004.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Rookwood Pottery Studio was probably the most famous American producer of art pottery, achieving an international reputation and consistently promoting artistic innovation. Proud that the pottery was 'an artist's studio, not a factory', Rookwood Pottery is known for its exceptionally fine glazes and successful experimental designs. By assimilating aesthetic influences from the American art pottery movement, art nouveau, and art deco, Rookwood Pottery encouraged decorators to try unusual subjects and to explore new techniques.
Shown here in 130 color reproductions, the Gerald and Virginia Gordon Collection—which the Gordons donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2001—features vases, stoneware, and pochoir prints of dazzling originality. Nancy Owen's text provides a history of this firm and its best-known designers through 1967.