Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles

  • Unidentified, Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles, 1913, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.42

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Early-twentieth-century factory workers often created whimsical objects as a diversion from the monotony of their jobs. They used any materials that were available and often gave them away as gifts. In these pieces, the artists covered old sections of sewer pipes with clay, then decorated the surface. The molded handles suggest that the pots were intended to be used.

Title
Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles
Artists
Date
1913
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Dimensions
12 3/4 x 9 x 6 3/4 in. (32.4 x 22.9 x 17.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

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Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1986.65.42
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