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Art Pottery

Art Pottery

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94,846 and 94, 509
Evolution of an inkstand
About 1889
Made by Rookwood Pottery Company (1880-1867)
Cincinnati, Ohio and Starkville, Mississippi
In the late 19th century, Smithsonian curators were interested in promoting the educational roles of Museums, and often acquired objects that would demonstrate technological and artistic advances in a wide range of industries.
The group of artifacts pictured here illustrates the steps involved in producing a ceramic inkstand from a ball of clay, to an inkstand formed and ready for firing, the same cut open to reveal the inner chamber, and finally the inkstand in its completed state. This technical series was given to the Smithsonian by the Rookwood Pottery Company in 1889.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Inkwell, in Process
Date made
About 1889
Rookwood Pottery Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Physical Description
ceramic, porcelain, unfired (overall material)
overall: 2 5/16 in x 3 1/2 in; 5.9055 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Rookwood Pottery Company through Henry Flaxman
Art Pottery
writing implements
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Industry & Manufacturing
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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