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User:
Boughton, George Henry  Search this
Maker:
Homer Laughlin China Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
ceramic (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 5 3/4 in x 6 in; 14.605 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 5 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in x 3 7/16 in; 14.605 cm x 16.1925 cm x 8.73125 cm
Object Name:
Pitcher, Disk
pitcher, disk
Place made:
United States: West Virginia, Newell
Used:
United States: Pennsylvania, Altoona
Date made:
ca. 1939-69
Description:
Homer Laughlin China Company, who manufactured the infamous “Fiesta ware” line, began as a partnership between the two Laughlin brothers, Homer and Shakespeare, in 1873. The company sold primarily Rockingham and yellow ware then later expanded their market to make semi-vitreous dinner, hotel, and toilet wares as well as white granite products. After the Great Depression the market for inexpensive dinner wares increased, and the “Fiesta ware” line was available for purchase in 1936. Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, an English potter from Staffordshire, “Fiesta ware” became highly popular for their bright colors, streamlined design, and mix-and-match capabilities for the everyday household. This "Disk Pitcher" is perhaps the most iconic and imitated shape from the "Fiesta ware" line. It is glazed in one of the five original colors.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison
ID Number:
1999.0136.01
Accession number:
1999.0136
Catalog number:
1999.0136.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_335341