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Vase

1934.2061 (RS32433)

Description

Cut rim and foot; broad shoulders; pale green exterior; decoration depicts olive branches and Greek inscription.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005: Celia Thaxter's creative output as author, poet, and artist is emblematic of the sort of life gifted New England women could lead during the second half of the nineteenth century. Although most of her income derived from her writings, Thaxter also designed greeting cards and decorated ceramics. This vase, thought to have been a gift to her friend, author Sarah Orne Jewett, shows one of Thaxter's favorite subjects, the olive branch. The Greek inscription is from Sophocles, and describes olive trees, “watched by the eye of olive-guarding Jove and by gray-eyed Athena.”
Maker
Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894 (Maker)
Date
1880-1887
Location of origin
Isles of Shoals, ME, USA
Object type
Household Accessory
Places
Maine (United States)
Descriptive terms
Aesthetic
Aesthetic Movement
Earthenware
mythology (literary genre)
Olive Branch
Painted
VASE
vases
vegetation
Dimensions
6.25 x 8 (HxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1934.2061
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Boylston Beal
GUSN
66481

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