Arequipa Pottery Vase

Arequipa Pottery Vase

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Description (Brief)
Buff-colored clay body covered with runny, shiny, dark green crackle glaze. Asian ginger jar shape with domed cover that has small button finial. Decoration of low-relief carved bands of leaves and scrolls at base; five vertical panels of stylized low-relief arabesques on bulbous belly; and bands of pierced arabesques on curved shoulder, vertical collar and cover.
Arequipa Pottery vase
About 1913-1916
Made by Arequipa Pottery (1911-1918)
Fairfax, California
Arequipa Pottery was originally established as a Progressive Era experiment in occupational therapy for tuberculosis patients at Dr. Philip King Brown's private Arequipa Sanatorium near Fairfax, California. Dr King argued that requiring his patients to work in the pottery provided them with moral and physical benefits, and allowed people of limited financial means to pay for the healthcare provided by his facility.
Brown hired Frederick H. Rhead, a noted and successful ceramicist, to create and teach pottery-making. Rhead was most likely responsible for making this piece.
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Object Name
Date made
Arequipa Pottery Studio
place made
United States: California, Fairfax
overall: 41.1 cm x 29.7 cm; 16 3/16 in x 11 11/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Eri and Phyllis Richardson
Art Pottery
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National Museum of American History
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