Gifts from the Fire American Ceramics, 1880-1950: From the Collection of Martin Eidelberg Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Martin Eidelberg

Publication date:
09 Nov 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art
256 pages: 279 x 241mm
273 color illus.
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This illustrated history highlights the diversity and innovation of American ceramics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as artists responded to historical precedents and emerging modernist styles around the world

Between the early 1880s and the early 1950s, pioneering American artists drew upon the rich traditions and recent innovations of European and Asian ceramics to develop new designs, decorations, and techniques. With splendid new photography, this book showcases these American interpretations of international trends, from the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements, through the modernism of Matisse and the Wiener Werkstätte, to abstracted, minimalist styles.

Illustrations of more than 180 exemplary works—some of these never before published—accompany engaging essays by two of the foremost experts on American art pottery. The featured makers include Rookwood, Grueby, and Van Briggle potteries, as well as artists including Maija Grotell, George E. Ohr, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Rockwell Kent, Adelaide Alsop Robineau, and Leza McVey. A vivid and accessible overview of American ceramics and ceramists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this publication reveals how diverse and global sources inspired works of astonishing ingenuity and variety by artists working in the United States.

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen is the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts in The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin Eidelberg is professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(October 2021–October 2022)