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Newcomb College art pottery cabinet vase, 1917, Sadie Irvine

Newcomb College art pottery cabinet vase, 1917, Sadie Irvine

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Newcomb College pottery Arts and Crafts vase, decorated by Sadie Irvine, date for 1917. Size: 3 1/4 inches ht. x 3 1/4 inches diameter. Mint condition. A most attractive small size vase by this highly collected American art pottery firm, executed with carved decoration of moss draped live oak trees in matte glazes of blue and green with a pink sky. Fully marked on underside with NC monogram mark of Newcomb College, and with the conjoined SI mark of Sadie Irvine, decorator, and impressed JM for potter, Joseph Meyer. See photos. All of the designer/decorators at Newcomb Pottery were women, and the potters were all men. Newcomb College, in New Orleans, was founded to provide education and opportunity to young southern women, by providing them with an education as well as teaching them a handicraft in pottery design and decoration. When their pottery designs were sold, the women received the profits from their sales. Newcomb Pottery was part of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and, like its English counterpart, the English Arts and Crafts Movement, had both a social agenda, as well as an artistic purpose. In both of these movements, an important underlying force was a desire to better the lives and social conditions of the increasing working classes. This was to be achieved through the teaching of handicrafts, communal work, and a return to simple, honest designs, using local materials and designs inspired by nature. Newcomb Pottery utilized local clays for their bodies and included Louisiana flora and fauna in their scenic designs, especially the moss laden oak trees.