John L. Stone, Texas Potter: Some New Insights

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Despite the attention that John L. Stone (1850-1927) and his work have been recieving lately, substantial gaps in his biography remain.  It has long been assumed, for instance, that he worked with the Kirkpatrick brothers at Anna Pottery, but aside from the compelling formal evidence found in his temperance jugs, confirmation of this has proved elusive.  In fact, up until now, the relatively little known about...

A Very Interesting Copy of the Portland Vase

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The inscription on the vase is the earliest record of the partnership between Thomas Mountford and Uriah Thomas, moving up the date of their operation by more than two months.  Although The London Gazette informed readers that the partnership was effectively dissolved on July 20, 1881 this vase makes clear that the process was in the works at least since May of that year.  Clearly, in presenting the vase to...

New Research on Onondaga Metal Shops

Monday, October 22, 2012

Of all the Arts and Crafts movement enterprises, Onondaga Metal Shops remains among the least well understood. Onondaga Metal Shops was a short-lived company organized in 1905 by Edward C. Howe and located at “to manufacture art metal goods consisting of hand hammered copper and brass lamps, trays, smoking sets, advertising signs and the like.” Howe, the son of a Syracuse jeweler, had worked with his father...

Martin Johnson Heade and Edward Hicks: A New Discovery

Monday, March 26, 2012

Among the many gaps in the chronology of Martin Johnson Heade’s life and career, his training and early work are particularly poorly documented.  A constant theme, however, in the scholarship on Heade has been his association with Edward Hicks, the Quaker preacher and painter, whose role has been suggested, yet never clearly defined.  Theodore Stebbins, for instance, in his The Life and Work of Martin Johnson...

Victor Dubreuil: His life details and a self portrait

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Victor Dubreuil (ca. 1840-after 1908) remains a puzzling painter. Although his works are well known and included in prominent private and museum collections across the United States, his life has remained mystery. Known mainly for depictions of money (frequently painted in a trompe l’oeil fashion) Dubreuil’s imagery is dense; the lack of pertinent biographical information has hampered the understanding of...




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