Horse Pitcher

  • Chris Berti, Horse Pitcher, 1994, stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Helen Williams Drutt English and H. Peter Stern in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 2007.47.2

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Chris Berti enjoys working with materials like clay and stone because of their rich history as artistic media, dating back to the Neolithic period (roughly 9,000 BC to 2,000 BC). Horse Pitcher is part of a series of decorated vessels Berti did in the 1990s in which he integrated animal forms onto a wheel-thrown base. Berti believes that the inclusion of these animal or spiritual beings implies movement and makes the vessels become more alive in use. (Artist’s correspondence, 2011)

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"I like objects possessing a sense of mystery and respond to art which presents the essence of something, both the tangible and intangible, and thus speaks to the viewer on a primal level." Artist's statement

Title
Horse Pitcher
Artist
Date
1994
On View
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (18.9 x 22.6 x 13.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Helen Williams Drutt English and H. Peter Stern in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums Description
stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – horse
Object Number
2007.47.2
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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