Plate with Portrait of Ben Hecht Maker: Henry Varnum Poor (American, 1887–1970)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design




2 15/16 × 13 in. (7.5 × 33.02 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William R. Scott, John G. McCullough, Class of 1936, and Mrs. William G. Heaphy, by exchange

Accession Number



20th century


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Henry Varnum Poor, New City, N.Y., 1927–70; transferred to the Estate of Henry Varnum Poor, 1970 –2004; Garth Clark Gallery, New York, 2004

The plate remained in Poor's possession and was in his studio in Maine at the time of his death. The studio was sealed by his children in 1970 and recently reopened; the exhibition at Garth Clark Gallery featured the remaining contents of the studio that were being sold by the artist's estate.


  • John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 25, no. 6, p. 12, (detail).
  • "Acquisitions 2004," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005): 203–4, ill.

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Object/Work type

plates (dishes), portraits


"HVP [conjoined] 26" incised on front surface to right of head; "HVP" incised into underside.

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