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Creator Name: LeBoutillier, Addison
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Addison LeBoutillier
Creator Name: Grueby Faience Company
Creator Role: weavers
Creator Name-CRT: Grueby Faience Company
Title: Fireplace surround
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1902
Creation End Date: 1902
Creation Date: 1902
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: terra cotta with matte glaze
Dimensions: H.64-7/8 x W.84-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 91.47
Credit Line: Gift of the Decorative Arts Council

In 1902, Captain Joseph Sellwood commissioned Duluth architects Palmer, Hall, and Hunt to design a house for his daughter, Othelia, and her new husband, Leslie Leithhead, on the occasion of their marriage. In this fireplace surround from the home, two trees are depicted with their roots expressively exposed. The tiled scene was produced by the Grueby Faience Company, then one of the prominent manufacturers of art pottery and architectural ceramic work.

The design is attributed to Minneapolis-based interior designer John Bradstreet, whose Duluth Living Room is featured in Gallery 320, on the basis of several factors. The tree motif is similar to known Bradstreet compositions found in Duluth's Congdon mansion, "Glensheen," and in the Edson Woodworth residence of Minneapolis. As well, the Grueby company used outside artists during their early years, and may have come to Bradstreet, a Massachusetts man who retained east coast connections after settling in Minneapolis.

AMICA ID: MIA_.91.47
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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