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Vase (with floral design)

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

Creation date: 1898
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.a
State/Province: Ohio
Dimensions: 17 1/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (43.82 cm x 18.1 cm x 18.1 cm)
Currently on view


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 - )

Label Copy

February 2006
American Ceramics, 1884–1972
Flowers were among the most popular and commercially successful subjects depicted by the Rookwood decorating staff. Here, a South American orchid (phragmipendium) is rendered against a neutral ground that focuses our attention on the plant. Using an atomizer to apply colored slips, Valentien created a smooth transition from the dark, upper portion to the lighter area at the bottom.
Rookwood artists generally incised their initials on the underside, out of view. Valentien most likely considered this vase of special importance, since he is signed it on the lower side and included his full last name. Given its large scale and prominent signature, this work may have originally been intended for an exhibition.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien San Diego Natural History Museum , 12/12/2003 - 9/7/2004

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

The Artists Guild at 100: Early Works in the Permanent Collection , 5/2/2015 - 8/16/2015

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

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