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The New Yorker (Jazz) Bowl

The New Yorker (Jazz) Bowl

c. 1930

Viktor Schreckengost

(American, 1906-2008)

Cowan Pottery Studio

(American, 1921-31)

made by

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

Fun Fact

The blue-black color scheme of this bowl references ancient Egyptian ceramic glazes in the same palette made popular after King Tut's tomb was discovered in 1922.


For Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second inauguration as governor of the State of New York, his wife Eleanor commissioned a punch bowl from a Manhattan art gallery, which in turn asked Cowan Pottery in Rocky River, Ohio, to produce it. Conceived by Cleveland industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost, the bowl reflects the sights and sounds of New York’s vibrant Jazz Age nightlife.

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