American Art Pottery: Selections from the Charles Hosmer Morse Collection

By Valerie Ann Leeds




1 See Paul Evans, Art Pottery of the United States (2nd rev. ed. New York: Feingold & Lewis Publishing, 1987), p. 1. Evans has defined Art Pottery with a time span of 1870-1920, and used a more limited interpretation. Also see Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, American Art Pottery: Selections from The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, exh. cat. (Orlando, Florida: Orlando Museum of Art, 1995), p. 12.

2 See the essay in Frelinghuysen, American Art Pottery, pps. 12-32, for a comprehensive overview of the Art Pottery collection.

3 See Anita J. Ellis, Rookwood Pottery: The Glorious Gamble, exh. cat. (Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Art Museum, 1992) for a thorough analysis and history of Rookwood Pottery. Also see Frelinghuysen, American Art Pottery, pps. 17-22.

4 See Hugh F. McKean, "About The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art," (October 1993, Unpublished), p. 4. Numerous conversations between the author and Hugh F. McKean during 1992-93 also reconfirm this point.

5 For background on Art Pottery produced by Tiffany see Martin P. Eidelberg, "Tiffany Favrile Pottery: A New Study of a Few Known Facts," Connoisseur, 169 (September 1968), pps. 57-61. Also see Frelinghuysen, American Art Pottery, pps. 25-30.

6 Louis Comfort Tiffany as quoted in Hugh F. McKean, The "Lost" Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1980), p. 1.

7 McKean, "About The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum," p. 4.


About the author:

Valerie Ann Leeds is Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to her current position, she was Curator of American Art at the Orlando Museum of Art, and also held curatorial positions at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is an expert on the work of Robert Henri and The Eight, and has organized numerous exhibitions, lectured, and written, on a variety of topics in American Art and photography.


Resource Library editor's note:

In 1995 the Orlando Museum of Art organized and held the exhibition titled American Art Pottery: Selections from The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum Art, served as guest curator for the exhibition.

The above article was reprinted, without illustrations, in Resource Library on July 29, 2005 with the permission of the author. If you have questions or comments regarding the article, please contact Valerie Ann Leeds directly at the Flint Institute of Arts through either this phone number or address:

This article was previously published in American Art Review, Volume VII, Number 4, August - September, 1995, pp. 96-99.

Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Ms. Gail Curry of Flint Institute of Arts for help in contacting Dr. Leeds.

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