American Decorative Arts
Designer: Hugh C. Robertson, American, 1845–1908
Manufacturer: Dedham Pottery, American, 1895–1943



Stoneware with "volcanic" glaze

11 5/8 × 5 1/4 in. (29.5 × 13.34 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, by exchange
One of the early innovators of artistic glaze, Hugh Robertson continued the experimentation begun at his earlier venture, the Chelsea Keramic Art Works, in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he had moved his re-formed Chelsea Pottery in 1896. Ranging in color from blue and pale green to red luster—a vestige of Robertson’s celebrated sang-de-boeuf (oxblood) glaze developed at Chelsea—the layers of thick, oozing glaze, melded into the surface of the irregular baluster-form of this exceptional vase, were influenced by the potter’s early interest in Asian ceramics. Not surprisingly, Robertson marketed this line as Volcanic Ware. To offset the high cost of producing artistic lines, the Dedham Pottery relied on the success of the crackle-glaze of its commercial tablewares, another Asian-inspired effect.
Made in Dedham, Massachusetts
On view
19th–20th century
Containers - Ceramics

Rosalie M. Berberian, New Haven, Conn., by 1993; David Rago Auctions, Inc., Lambertville, N.J., February 27, 1993, lot 3; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Marilee Boyd Meyer, ed., Inspiring Reform: Boston’s Arts and Crafts Movement, exh. cat. (Wellesley, Mass.: Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 1997), 61, 67, 170-71, no. 21, Biography of Robertson under “Dedham Pottery” on pgs. 211-12., ill.

David Rago Auctions, Inc., Lambertville, N.J., The Berberian Collection, sale cat. (February 27, 1993), 4-5, lot 3, ill.

“Acquisitions and Gifts 1993,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1994): 161, 163, ill.

Peter Hawes, A Great Panorama Celebrating Twenty-five Years of American Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 9, ill.

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