RARE POTTER STUDIO Arts & Crafts BRASS HUMIDOR with MADONNA & CHILD PLAQUE
RARE POTTER STUDIO Arts & Crafts BRASS HUMIDOR with MADONNA & CHILD PLAQUE :
This Potter Studio humidor was made in Cleveland, Ohio in the early part of the 20th Century. The humidor is approximately 6.25" long, 4.5" wide, and 1" high (including the plaque). A similarly sized humidor that had a jade plaque was sold at sale in November 2020 for $1625. According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns a letter opener made by Potter Studio: "Horace E. Potter was a founder and leader of Cleveland’s vibrant community of Arts and Crafts metalworkers, and his was one of the most successful metalwork and jewelry craft shops in the Midwest. After graduating from the Cleveland School of Art in 1898, Potter studied and worked briefly in Boston and England. Before returning to Cleveland in 1908, he worked under Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a guiding force in England’s Arts and Crafts movement. Although many American Arts and Crafts metalworkers expressed interest in and awareness of Ashbee’s work, Potter was one of very few to have such direct contact with Ashbee and his workshop. Inspired by the collaborative Environment of Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft, Potter established a studio, variously named Potter Studio (1899-1909), Potter Bentley Studios (1928-1933) and Potter and Mellen (1933-2008), which produced a diverse array of handcrafted goods."