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1983-88-19
Pottery and Progress
This tile features an image of the Hartt House on Hull Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The tile is part of a “Boston” set created at the Paul Revere Pottery that depicted old and famous buildings around the Boston area. The outlines of the buildings were incised in the clay when it was still soft and then...
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A traditional toran
The toran is a frieze hanging named after a sacred gateway in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist architecture. In the Gujarati communities of western India, a toran is hung above the doorway to the main room of the house as a sign of welcoming. This particular toran appears to be in the Kathipa style, recognizable by...
1969-- Matt Flynn 006
This Leopard is Mine
This is a charming children’s wallpaper that would also be appropriate for a powder room. The design is naively styled with its cast of three leopards, exotic flowers, and lush foliage. The leopards are performing various acts of lounging or exploring, with the one directing his gaze directly at the viewer. The design is quite...
1989-41-109
Design and the Space Age
This porcelain mug commemorates the day that the Soviet Union sent the first human into space. The mug features the date, April 12, 1961, that Yuri Gagarin’s launch took place and it depicts a rocket, embellished with gold, moving past an image of the earth. The mug was manufactured by the Dmitrov Porcelain Factory which...
1997-161-5
Only in America
An altered photograph of a roadside motel is printed on a cardboard sleeve for R.E.M.’s 7-inch single “Only in America,” designed by Bruce and Karen Licher. The image of the motel is grainy, which compliments the speckled cardboard on which it was printed. Although the grain makes it harder to read the motel sign, the...
Textile, USA, 2014, designed by Grethe Sørensen (Danish, b. 1947) and produced by Wolf-Gordon Inc. (American), digital jacquard woven wool and nylon, Gift of Wolf-Gordon Inc., 2015-33-2.
Infinite Color
Millions of Colors, a new upholstery fabric by Danish artist Grethe Sørensen for Wolf Gordon, arose from her tapestry series of the same name. Using a basic color palette of red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white theads, Sørensen used a digitally controlled loom to translate the subtle modulations of color seen in...
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Let’s Hear it for the Man
George Washington’s triumphal entry into Boston following the end of the American War of Independence is the reason for our celebration today and this scene captures the spirit and revelry of the July 4th holiday. A parade of soldiers rides in front of the magnificent backdrop of Boston Harbor, while cheering crowds line the perimeter....
Photographer: Matt Flynn
The Clay Prophet: Ceramics from Wonderland
You might have to travel through the looking glass to find the Mad Hatter, but in the late nineteenth century, you’d only have to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi to find the self-titled “Mad Potter.” Just don’t try to use one of ceramicist George E. Ohr’s  bowls, like the one seen here, at your un-birthday party. Ohr’s pottery...
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London Transport Posters, from Avant-Garde to Commercial
London Transport posters played an indispensable role in the field of graphic design, particularly in the 1920s and 30s. In 1908, Frank Pick assumed responsibility for London Transport’s publicity and commissioned designs from internationally known artists as well as promising newcomers. Among them, a talented American poster artist and graphic designer, Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954),  helped...