The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is home to an impressive collection of John Bennett pottery.
In the past I have I’ve discussed eight pieces in their collection that I was aware of. I would like to thank to New York collectors Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack for sending me photos and bringing to my attention 2 additional John Bennett vases!
The two vases are part of the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, displayed in the American Wing. I knew of the beautiful blue vase (25 1/2″ h) from the same collection. The large blue vase is juxtaposed with two petite Bennett vases on the shelf above it. Both small pieces are typical for John Bennett in the way the painting is applied. The surprise to me was the scale of the pieces! Displayed with the stunning and larger blue Bennett, it showcases the range in scale in which John Bennett worked. The contrast in size makes the display more interesting than just beautiful pottery.
The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of Ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the collection of artistic ceramics in the United States from 1876 to 1956. The earliest examples date to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. The Centennial Exhibition was the first time John Bennett’s work would be displayed in the United States. At the time he was with H. Doulton & Company.
The works are displayed in the Mezzanine Gallery 707 of the American Wing. Gallery 707 is one of 73 galleries in the American Wing. The American Wing houses 17,194 examples of American Decorative Arts. More information about the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be found here.
Gallery 707 – American Ceramics, 1876–1956
- John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878New York, N.Y., 1882.Earthenware. H. 25-1/2 in.Promised Gift of Robert A. Ellison Jr.L.2009.22.50. Photograph Robert A. Ellison Jr.On view in Gallery 707_______________A wonderful video with collector Robert A. Ellison Jr. and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Metropolitan Museum’s Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, discussing his gifted collection of American ceramics from 1876 to 1956 can be seen here or by clicking the image below (Almost 4.5 minutes. I’m not sure how long this link will last).
7 more John Bennett pieces at the Met
- John Bennett, vase
Date: 1879Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United StatesCulture: AmericanMedium: Painted and glazed earthenwareDimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Diam. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)Classification: CeramicsCredit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1985Accession Number: 1985.168On view in Gallery 706
- John Bennett, Charger detail
John Bennett, ChargerDate: 1877Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United StatesCulture: AmericanMedium: ceramicDimensions: 17 in. diameter x 2 in. deep (43.2 x 5.1 cm)Classification: CeramicsCredit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2008Accession Number: 2008.176On view in Gallery 743
- John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United StatesCulture: AmericanMedium: EarthenwareDimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)Classification: CeramicsCredit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, 1984Accession Number: 1984.448.3
- John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1882Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United StatesCulture: AmericanMedium: EarthenwareDimensions: H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)Classification: CeramicsCredit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1984Accession Number: 1984.425On view in Gallery 743
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