Sewer-Pipe Vase with Applied Decoration

  • Unidentified, Sewer-Pipe Vase with Applied Decoration, 20th century, alkaline glazed stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.39

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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
Sewer-Pipe Vase with Applied Decoration
Artist
Date
20th century
On View
Dimensions
11 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (29.1 x 19.1 x 14.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
alkaline glazed stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – vase
Object Number
1986.65.39
Palette
Linked Open Data
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