The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 19, 2018

The New Yorker (Jazz) Bowl, c. 1930

glazed ceramic with sgraffito design, Overall: 28.6 x 41.3 cm (11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.). John L. Severance Fund 2000.65

The first Jazz Bowl (location unknown) was commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt around 1930 when her husband was governor of New York. She allegedly requested a design that reflected the exciting nightlife of New York City. Ralph Cowan gave the task to a young Schreckengost, who had just begun his design career at the Cowan Pottery Studio in Rocky River, Ohio. Cowan liked the design so well that he produced a small edition of similar bowls.
The bowl's design was created by scratching through a thin covering of black clay (slip) to reveal the white ceramic underneath. After the piece was fired once, it was then covered with a rich glaze of Egyptian blue and fired again.

Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; November 12, 2000 - February 4, 2001. "Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design" exh. cat. no. 128, p. 165, color repr. p. 88.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; March 28 - July 18, 2004. "Burchfield to Schreckengost: Cleveland Art of the Jazz Age", no exhibition catalogue.

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