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Decorative Arts and Design

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bowl
“Jazz” Bowl
Artist/Maker
Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906 2008), designer
Cowan Pottery Studio, Rocky River, OH, 1913–1931, maker
Date
1931
Medium
Porcelain with incised and slip decoration
Accession #
1993.13
Dimensions
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Location
Currently Not on View

First commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt for the governor’s mansion in Albany, this lively, elaborately decorated porcelain punch bowl is one of the original ten designed by Viktor Schreckengost as a special-order item for the Cowan Pottery Studio. The black slip design, glazed in Egyptian Blue—a color developed by Arthur Eugene Baggs for Cowan—uses the sgraffito technique, decorating the bowl with cocktail glasses, dancers, city skylines, and the incised words “jazz,” “dance,” “café,” “follies,” “stop,” and “go.” The design reflects the bustling activity of America’s largest metropolis and became an important symbol of its time.

Credit
Purchase in honor of Kathi Pierce Rhodes, President of the Members Guild, 1993-1994, with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment