Pastoral Vase with Lid

This highly ornamented, carved porcelain vase was made by noted American art potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau in 1910. Robineau was astoundingly creative and productive. In addition to her art pottery, she was a china painter and teacher, and the founding editor of Keramic Studio, a long-lived and influential publication aimed at china painters. Although she bore three children between 1900 and 1906, Robineau still managed to find time to learn how to work with clay in 1902. She was so talented and successful that a mere three years later she exhibited examples of her porcelain at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis; Tiffany & Company began selling her porcelain in 1905.
Robineau made this, the "Pastoral" vase, during her 18-month tenure at the University City Pottery in University City, Missouri. The pottery was an adjunct of the Peoples University, founded by University City businessman Edward Gardner Lewis as part of his American Woman's League—a for-profit organization that promoted voting rights, education, and other opportunities for women in the early 1900s.
Object Name
vase with lid
Date made
Robineau, Adelaide Alsop
Physical Description
porcelain (overall material)
height: 23.5 cm x 11.5 cm; 9 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in
diameter: 5 in; x 12.7 cm
Place Made
United States: Missouri, University City
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
History Highlights: Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Priscilla R. Kelley

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