A Cocoa Pot | Mara Superior

A Cocoa Pot

porcelain, underglazes, and ceramic oxides;
slab constructed
19 1/2 x 15 7/8 x 6 1/2 in. (49.5 x 48.9 cm)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

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This highly decorated cocoa pot rests on a pedestal complete with a tablecloth, an indication of Superior's delightful sense of humor. Inspired by the graphic qualities of embroidered samplers, she covered the flattened forms with abundantly drawn detail, including lettering, lace patterning, and a generous sprinkling of brown specs resembling cocoa beans. A sense of animation is achieved by the downward tilt of the spout in a beckoning gesture of hospitality.

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