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Spouted Vessel with Painted Motifs

Artist Culture
Ceramic with pigment
Associated with
Arkansas, United States, North and Central America
Ceramics, containers
Current Location
On View, Gallery 113
10 1/2 x 11 in. (26.7 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line
Director's Discretionary Fund
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Quapaw ceramics display a striking modernity that belies their antiquity. This bottle appears both sculptural and fluid, possessing an organic quality underscored by the interwoven swirls of red and white color on its surface. The red and white palette is often set against a tan ground; the contrasting colors symbolize worldly dualities-peace and war, light and dark, earth and sky. The "teapot" form, which is unusual in the Quapaw repertoire, may be based on prototypes introduced by invading Europeans.
J. O. Wheeler, West Helena, AR [1]

- 1981
Kent C. Westbrook, Little Rock, AR

1981 - 2005
James L. Kinker, Hermann, MO, purchased from Kent C. Westbrook [2]

2005 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from James L. Kinker [3]

[1] In an email to Matthew Robb dated July 30, 2008, Dr. Kent C. Westbrook stated "I did own this vessel at some time . . . I believe it was found by J. O. Wheeler of Helena Arkansas in Phillips County Arkansas in the 1970s" [SLAM document files].

[2] See Note [1]. Additional information provided by James L. Kinker per phone conversation with Tammy O'Connor, August 19, 2005 [Provenance Due Diligence Checklist for New Acquisitions, SLAM document files].

[3] An invoice dated September 20, 2005 from James L. Kinker to the Saint Louis Art Museum documents the purchase of this object, listed as "Red & White Painted Quapaw Teapot" [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 20, 2005.
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