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Albert Robert Valentien, American, (May 11, 1862–August 5, 1925)
Rookwood Pottery, American, (active 1880–1967)

Creation date: 1886
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Ceramic Vase
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Anna M. Valentien
Accession Number: 1951.4.c
State/Province: Ohio
Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. x 3 3/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 8.57 cm x 8.57 cm)


Anna M. Valentien, San Diego, California ( - 1951)

Mrs. Mavina Jaussaud, San Diego, California (1951 - April 6, 1951)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 6, 1951 - )

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February 2006
American Ceramics, 1884–1972
Valentien rendered the flowers and stems on this vase with a thickly applied slip that caused them to stand out in slight relief. The glaze on this work is known as mahogany, achieved by applying a yellow translucent glaze over a red clay body. When viewed in strong light, portions of this vase exhibit a soft golden sheen under the glaze. This effect was known as tiger eye; it was an unexpected result first seen on several pieces in October 1884. Artists at Rookwood frequently tried to repeat it, but the effect could not be replicated at will, resulting in a high loss ratio.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Ceramics San Diego Museum of Art , 2/25/2006 - 9/3/2006


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