May 18, 2024

Design #9

Design:  #9

Date Designed:  1900

Designer:  Artus Van Briggle

Description:  Design is that of a male figure, wrapped around the top of the vase, holding his head, and looking despondently downward.  The bottom markings include the incised Double-A, Van Briggle, date of 1905, and Roman Numeral X, denoting the clay type.  

Dimensions:  12 5/8″

Other:  History records that Artus created this design as a self-expression of his “despondent” attitude, upon learning of his disease of tuberculosis, and realization that his health and lifespan would be shortened.

Collection:  Courtesy of Humler & Nolan




Design:  #9 Despondency

Date Designed:  1900

Designer:  Artus Van Briggle

Description:  Male figure wrapped around top of vase, as though despondent in thought.  Some believed this represented Artus’ at the time of his affliction of tuberculosis.

Dimensions:  Original 1900 design was 12″  The mid-century redesign of the Despondency was 16″ height.

Other:  Example is 1907-12 markings with finisher marks on both sides of Double-A.

Collection:  Private

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