Vase

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1880-1887

GUSN

GUSN-66481

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

vases
Aesthetic Movement
vegetation
mythology (literary genre)
Olive Branch
Painted
Aesthetic
Earthenware
VASE

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)

Location of Origin

Isles of Shoals, ME, USA

Object Type

Household Accessory

Dimensions

6.25 x 8 (HxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Boylston Beal

Accession Number

1934.2061

Places

Maine (United States)