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 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

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John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878
New 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
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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).
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7 more John Bennett pieces at the Met

John Bennett, Plaque
Date: 1879
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Diam. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1983
Accession Number: 1983.262
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John Bennett, vase
Date: 1879
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware
Dimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Diam. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1985
Accession Number: 1985.168
John Bennett, Charger
John Bennett, Charger detail

John Bennett, Charger

Date: 1877
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: ceramic
Dimensions: 17 in. diameter x 2 in. deep (43.2 x 5.1 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number: 2008.176
John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.448.3

John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1882
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.425
On view in Gallery 743
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John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1877
Geography: New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: White earthenware
Dimensions: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification: Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2011
Accession Number: 2011.321.1

 

John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1880
Geography: New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Red earthenware
Dimensions: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2011
Accession Number: 2011.321.2

 

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2 John Bennett vases are on the auction
block Saturday, June 14, 2014, the day before Father’s Day!

The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts Auction Center in Lambertville, NJ.

Click on the Early 20th image below to link to this particular auction at Rago Arts Auction Center. The vase images are each linked to their respective page at www.ragoarts.com. The Live Auctioneers graphic that follows each picture is linked to the individual lot’s bidding page at www.liveauctioneers.com.

Good luck! I’m sure someone is going to be happy with their John Bennett vase.

 

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Lot 25:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Small vase painted with wild roses, New York, 1882
Signed BENNETT NEW YORK R/82
7″ x 4″ $1500-$1500
Two small chips to rim.

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

to bid on Lot 25 click on liveauctioneers below

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The next Lot, 26 is beautiful and I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of a botanical print.

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Early 20th: June 2014
Lot 26:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall bulbous vase painted with milkweed on white ground, New York, 1879
Signed BENNETT 412E24 NY 1879
15 1/4″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

to bid on Lot 26 click on liveauctioneers below

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 Though I’ve never seen this vase before, I have seen examples of this bulbous body used by John Bennett. This vase is similar and has the same body as the the one in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

That vase sold in a Rago Arts Auction in October 2010 (Sale Price: $13,420). The vase was purchased by the American Decorative Arts 1900 Foundation. ADA1900, focuses on the American Arts & Crafts and Prairie School movements and American art pottery. They acquire museum-quality furniture, lighting, ceramics, metalwork and glass by American makers during the period of 1876-1940, with the goal of placing them within museum collections. Now this vase can be enjoyed by the public at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM).

 

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John Bennett vase, 1878

painted and glazed earthenware
15 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (38.7 x 18.1 cm)

Funds given by Victor Porter Smith and the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, funds given in honor of Joyce and Jules Pass; and gift of Gregory D. Flotron and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Burkart, by exchange

(On View, Gallery 127)

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Another example in which John Bennett used the same body is a vase in the collection of
Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack, New York, New York.

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There is Five Ways to Bid
1. Bidding online – Rago’s partnership with Live Auctioneers (www.LiveAuction.com) allows you to bid online in real time  from your computer.

2. Live on your smart phone or mobile device. Now there is a free mobile app at iTunes and the AppStore and can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking on the linked picture below:

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3. Bidding by regular phone – If you want to bid live with them by phone, they can arrange for an agent from their staff to call you.

4. Bidding in the room at the venue. The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts & Auction Center, located at 333 North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. For maps and directions click on the image below:

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5. Bidding by left bid – Left bids (also known as absentee bids) give the auctioneer permission to bid for you as if you were in the room, starting on your behalf at the lowest possible selling price and, as long as there is competition, bidding for you – if necessary, up to the maximum amount you have designated. We accept absentee bids by phone or fax. We will even do our best to enter bids during a live auction if the call is received sufficiently in advance and from a registered bidder. That said, absentee bids are time stamped, so the earlier an absentee bid is submitted, the better. The earlier of two identical absentee bids will win the day.

Download and Print Rago’s Absentee/Phone Bid form here.

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As a follow up to the 2 previous auction articles:

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The John Bennett art tile sold in the ebay.com auction on May 29, 2014 after 2 bids for a modest $382.77.

I’m sure the buyer was very happy about that!

During the Rago Arts Early 20th c. Auction in March, 2014, 2 John Bennett pieces sold

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Lot 139:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall vase painted with clematis on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Bottom signed Bennett New York 1881, body signed JB 1881
15 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Sale Price: $23,750

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Lot 140:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Vase painted with hydrangeas on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Signed Bennett New York 1881
9 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

Sale Price: $4,688

True to their word, Rago Arts Auction Center published their catalogue on February 14, Valentines Day.

Their upcoming Early 20th C. Auction on Saturday, March 1 at 11am, will feature 2 John Bennett vases! These two are going to generate some excitement! Lots 139 and 140 are the ones to keep your eye on. Rago Art’s Auction Center has the most successful Arts and Crafts auctions in the field.

Clicking on their logo below will take you to their home page at www.ragoarts.com

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Click on the image below and you will link to their Early 20th C. Auction preview:

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Here is the 1st John Bennett vase,

Lot 139

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JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall vase painted with clematis on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Bottom signed Bennett New York 1881, body signed JB 1881
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Size: 15 1/2″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, March 01, 11:00AM
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Here are more views of the vase:

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Here is the 2nd John Bennett vase,

Lot 140


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Lot 140
JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Vase painted with hydrangeas on yellow ground, New York,
Signed Bennett New York 1881
Size: 
9 1/2″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, March 01, 11:00AM
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

Another view:

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The first vase, Lot 139 made its debut here back in December. You can see the pictures and read about here. I haven’t seen the second vase before (Lot 140). Both vases are exceptional! The first vase is the larger of the two at 15 1/2″. The second vase is 9 1/2″. Both are reminiscent of the Newport vases that were exhibited at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

It’s easy to imagine how the 2 vases in this auction could have been a prelude to the beautiful yellow vase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  which was done the following year. Lot 140 uses the same decoration style of the neck, giving it the appearance of semi-precious stone. I also compared it to the covered jar at the Newark Museum from Collection of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. Even though the flowers are different on all of the compared pieces they share a similar quality, style and color palette.

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 John Bennett vases from Newport, at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York, photographed by New York collector Robert Tuggle.
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John Bennett vase, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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John Bennett vase, collection of the Newark Museum,
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Early 20th century decorative arts and furnishings, featuring work from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Lighting by Tiffany, Handel, and Pairpoint. Furniture by Gustav Stickley and the Roycrofters. Ceramics by George Ohr, Grueby, Rookwood, Newcomb College, Saturday Evening Girls, Rhead, Zsolnay. Glass from Tiffany, Loetz, Durand, Galle, Steuben, Argy Rousseau, Lalique, wrought metal, woodblock prints, textiles and accessories and more. The first specialty at Rago’s and the most successful Arts and Crafts auctions in the field.

To view and/or download the complete Early 20th C. Decorative Arts auction catalogue, click on the image of the catalogue cover below:

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Lots 139 and 140 are on pages 23 and 24.

How to Bid

There is Five Ways to Bid
1. Bidding online – Rago’s partnership with Live Auctioneers (www.LiveAuction.com) allows you to bid online in real time  from your computer.

2. Live on your smart phone or mobile device. Now there is a free mobile app at iTunes and the AppStore and can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking on the linked picture below:

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3. Bidding by regular phone – If you want to bid live with them by phone, they can arrange for an agent from their staff to call you.

4. Bidding in the room at the venue. The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts & Auction Center, located at 333 North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. For maps and directions click on the image below:

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5. Bidding by left bid – Left bids (also known as absentee bids) give the auctioneer permission to bid for you as if you were in the room, starting on your behalf at the lowest possible selling price and, as long as there is competition, bidding for you – if necessary, up to the maximum amount you have designated. We accept absentee bids by phone or fax. We will even do our best to enter bids during a live auction if the call is received sufficiently in advance and from a registered bidder. That said, absentee bids are time stamped, so the earlier an absentee bid is submitted, the better. The earlier of two identical absentee bids will win the day.

Download and Print Rago’s Absentee/Phone Bid form here.

For more details on bidding visit here.

Previews:
Feb. 22-27, noon-5pm
Feb. 28, noon-7pm
Open Mar. 1/2 @ 9am

About Rago Arts Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $20 million annually, Rago’s outdistances all other New Jersey auction houses in size and scope. More…

Rago Arts Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30 pm

General Inquiries
Phone: (609) 397-9374
Toll Free: (866)-724-6278
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New York collector Robert Tuggle, for his photograph of the 3 John Bennett vases at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

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Without them John Bennett pottery would be lost to the public at large.

“Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society” edited by Donald Albrecht and Jeannine Falino (Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press), coordinates with an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York that is intended to launch the new Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery at the museum.

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The covered jar above is in the book as well as the Gilded New York exhibit at the Museum
of the City of New York. It is from the collection of New York collectors
Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack.

Read Lorna Koski’s article in Women’s Wear Daily as she discusses the book. Click on the image below and her article will open.

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The book is available at:

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Donald Albrecht and Jeannine Falino
(Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press)

Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack for sharing your collection with the public.

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For making the Gilded New York exhibition possible.

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Lorna Koski’s, writer

The Museum of the City of New York

The Monacelli Press

The Museum of the City of New York
Presents: Gilded New York

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Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.

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Display center, large covered jar.
J Bennett, New York, 1881. 15 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

A treat for lovers of John Bennett pottery, the exhibition displays 2 beautiful examples of John Bennett pottery. A large and stunning covered jar and a small lidded bottle are displayed in the exhibition (not together). Both pieces are from the collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack. The large black covered jar astounded me as I have communicated with them many times and wasn’t even aware of this piece in their collection. They acquired it in an auction in 2001. The jar is signed twice (bottom and side). This double signature is rarely seen. The thought is that it was a sign of Bennett’s approval of a piece. I think he probably did not want someone else getting credit for his work. By signing it on the side as well as the bottom, it would be clear who the artist was, even if it was displayed where you couldn’t inspect the bottom, such as a cabinet.

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Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

In contrast to this to this large covered jar is another piece displayed that is a small lidded bottle.

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John Bennett, lidded bottle

John Bennett, lidded bottle

Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

The covered jar in the exhibition looks like the black beauty sold at Rago Arts Auction Center in 2005. They’re not twins but are definitely siblings. Both jars were created in 1881. The Barnes-Cunningham covered jar has red roses whereas the Tuggle-Jeromack piece has red berries. Both are stunning and superior examples of John Bennett.

I love John Bennett’s covered jars. The ones I’ve seen at auction as well as the Tuggle-Jeromack vase all display a surprise under the lid. The Barnes-Cunningham black covered jar has flowers underneath. Their other covered jar (purchased at same September 2005 auction at Rago Arts Auction Center) is painted underneath in a jeweled blue.

In comparison to the covered jar in the exhibition, below is the covered jar from the Barnes-Cunningham collection.

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John Bennett, Covered jar, 1881

Collection of Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham

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Collection of Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham

In 2005, Bruce Barnes founded American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, a private foundation that works independently and in collaboration with museums across the United States to foster the appreciation and understanding of American decorative art from the period around 1900. Since October 2012, he has been the director of George Eastman House.

How appropriate it is that the Gilded New York exhibition was made possible by

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My grandmother, Marguerite Bennett Kelley (John Bennett’s grand daughter) used to tell me that John Bennett had 2 tables of pottery at Tiffany & Co. Like this exhibit, Tiffany & Co. epitomizes Gilded New York.

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“Gilded New York” runs through November 2014 at the Museum of the City of New York.
Visit and support the museum.

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Follow-up

Sold for: $2,760

On January 11, 2014 at 10:00am in the city of
Boston, a John Bennett vase will be on the block!

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John Bennett Earthenware Vase, New York, 1878, bottle shape polychrome enamel decorated with flowering plants and insects, artist monogram and inscribed mark, ht. 10 5/8 in.

European Furniture & Decorative Arts – 2698B

Lot: 244
Estimate: $400 – $600

Skinner’s description says “In very good condition throughout with no evidence of any cracks, chips or restorations”.

This estimate will have collectors
climbing over each other to win the bid!

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Skinner Gallery

63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116
(617) 350-5400

With galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art. Skinner conducts auctions year-round in both locations. Skinner’s specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Ceramics, Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Wines, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science, Technology & Clocks, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, and Discovery.

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Just 2 miles away at the Museum of Fine Arts
there is another John Bennett vase.

AGENDA for Pat meeting June 16:

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Lilac vase

about 1873–83
John Bennett, 1840–1907

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
General Information: 617-267-9300

Visit and support museums that have John Bennett in their collection.
Visit the MFA Boston.

Good luck with the bidding!

I’m optimistic that 2013 will be a better year! Instead of my normal resolutions (lose weight, live healthier, etc), this year my number one resolution is going to be “listen better”. How does this relate to John Bennett?

Almost 10 years ago I heard about a book that sounded like it would have good information about John Bennett. The book was expensive (for regular folks), so I looked to other, more affordable sources for information. As I’ve mentioned before, more and more museums are developing accessible data bases on line and more information is becoming available about John Bennett. I told myself that I would go to the library to find the book but that was successful as the losing weight resolution.

Last year a collector/friend from New York mentioned to me that I should read this book. Time passed and for a year I had not read the book.

Over the holidays I reviewed a copy of the book. My estimate is the information about John Bennett that was in this book was equal to about 5 years of my research! Had I read the book earlier I could have saved myself many hours of reading, web surfing and note taking. Lessons learned: Stop procrastinating and listen better! The book was incredible! It is well written, organized and comprehensive with John Bennett information. It also has a trail of reference materials that will keep me busy for some time. I looked online to see if the price had dropped on the book. It had not. On Amazon.com the book could be found for $74.85 (used) or $2,217.54 (new)! I jumped over to Barnes and Noble.com and the book listed form various locations in the range of $229.50 – $325.47.

Here is the information about this incredible book:

Title: In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement

Author: Burke, Doreen Bolger

Contributor: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986

Length: 511 pages

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The book is also available for the great price of FREE! I initially found the book at Google books. The book can be read but it currently states that an ebook is not available for downloading. To review the book, click here.

Then I found it again for FREE! The electronic version is now available from the Metropolitan Museum! The book is out of print and currently not available for purchase, but can be downloaded as a PDF! To download the book, visit MetPublications here.

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To the right of the picture of the book are tab buttons which you can click to “Read online” or “Download pdf”

The book is as beautiful as it is informative. Now I have it on my iPad. It is awesome to read the book during breaks and to have the references used to write the book. Even if you have read the book, it’s great to have in your collection. The good thing about having it electronically is that it is searchable. Being searchable, makes this book valuable as a reference tool, not only for John Bennett but the other artists which contributed to the Aesthetic Movement. If you’re interested in the Aesthetic Movement, you will love this book.

Truthfully, I did not read the entire 511 page book. I did read more than just the John Bennett portions. John Bennett is discussed on pages: 20, 216-220, 231, 326, 426, 452 and 402-403

The book is comprehensive with John Bennett history, information about those that he was influenced by and his contribution to America and the Aesthetic Movement. The pictures are stunning examples of John Bennett pottery and reflect the quality and importance of the Metropolitan’s Decorative Arts collection. It also references other prestigious museums which have John Bennett work in their collection.

I would like to thank Doreen Bolger Burke for writing the book, my friend Robert for recommending it and the Metropolitan Museum for making the book available electronically. I encourage everyone to visit the museum and to support the efforts of the Metropolitan Museum. For more information about the museum, click here.

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