Charles Fergus Binns (American (born England), Worcester 1857–1934 Alfred, New York)
Stoneware with iron glaze
H. 2-1/2, Diam. 7-1/2 inches (6.4 x 19.1 cm.)
Gift of Miss Henrietta M. Crawford, 1934
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
Binns, who owned a collection of Japanese pottery, moved to the United States in the late nineteenth century, and is credited with laying the foundation for the studio pottery movement that began there in the early twentieth century. He is noted for his creation of unique stoneware vessels that often illustrate his deep understanding of Asian traditions.
Inscription: Signed and dated (underside): CFB / 1929
Henrietta J. Crawford, Long Beach, Calif. (1929–34; purchased from the designer; her gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Charles F. Binns," May 13–June 9, 1935, no catalogue.
New York. Museum of Contemporary Crafts. "Forms from the Earth: 1,000 Years of Pottery in America," September 14–November 25, 1962, no. 174 (as "Bowl").
Wilmington. Delaware Art Museum. "American Art Pottery 1875–1930," March 10–April 23, 1978, no. 142 (as "Bowl").
Syracuse, N.Y. Everson Museum of Art. "A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878–1978," May 5–September 23, 1979, no. 28 (pl. 99; as "Bowl").
C. L[ouise]. A[very]. "Notes: A Bowl by Charles F. Binns." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 30 (October 1935), pp. 198–99.
Margaret Carney. "Catalogue Raisonné." Charles Fergus Binns: The Father of American Studio Ceramics. Including a Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 1998, pp. 168–69, no. 118, ill., calls it "Bowl".