Ewer in the Grecian Style

Attributed to Chelsea Keramic Art Works (active 1872–1889)

Object Place: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States


39.37 x 19.68 x 19.05 cm (15 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black slip decoration on red earthenware

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)





Tall terracotta ewer of with black slip decoration of red earthenware; flared lip above thin neck with vertical painted lines above scrolled decoration at shoulder; body with three figures in classical garb, including central figure seated in winged chariot with large wheels, depicting the departure of Triptolemos to teach the world agriculture, flanked by Demeter and her daughter Kore (Persephone); scroll decoration at base.


Later pencil inscriptions: ????


From the noted collection of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes of Wellesley, Massachusetts; this Chelsea ewer was apparently owned at one time by a Dr. Roddin (sp?), who left a handwritten, undated note that reads: "As to the Robinson vase. My grandmother knew Robinson and this vase was given to her by him. They lived in Chelsea and Robinson had his shop or studio there. I am 75 years old and it has been around ever since I can remember. Sincerely, Dr. Roddin (sp?). Robinson & his boy did not get along well & when he died refused to give his son any of his methods. R."

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection