Poverty Hollow Pottery
Round Art Tile Trivet with Thistle by Poverty Hollow Pottery
This is a rare one. A pretty tile trivet with a carved design of a thistle made at the Poverty Hollow Pottery in Connecticut. It measures 5 3/4" in diameter and1/2" thick. The slightly irregular edge, thickness, and how the back is finished indicates its hand made studio pottery status. The back has a hand incised mark of a house with an H conjoined with a backwards and forwards P inside and a rays of sun under the mark. It also exhibits the museum marks from the Litchfield Historical Society. This piece came into their collection on February 26 1924 and was de-accessioned several years ago at auction. It has been in my collection since.
According to correspondence to the LHS:
"This tile was made at The Poverty Hollow Pottery, which my records indicate may have been located in Woodbury, CT. My records also have the name Mrs. Gibbs attached to it, which I believe may have been the individual artist. But again our early catalog records tend to be very vague, and don’t always have tons of information attached to them.
I do know that the piece was made in 1924, which is the year it came into our collection. Because of who the donor of this piece was I can almost guarantee that the piece was purchased directly from the pottery works with the intention of being gifted to the historical society.
The reason that I can almost 100% guarantee that, and the reason that I believe it is very likely... other pieces may have been purchased specifically to gift to us, is because of the donor of this piece.
It was a woman who was very involved with our organization for many years of her life, and she not only played a role in establishing our current museum building, but she also played large roles in collection acquisitions and care in the first part of the 20th century. The main collection that these pieces came from were for years thought to have been pieces from her personal art pottery collection, which is why they remained in our collection to long. Upon further research into our institutional records however, our past curator was able to uncover that in fact these pieces did not come from this woman’s private collection, but that instead she was actively buying the art pottery at the time to specifically build an art pottery collection for the museum. Therefore we ended up with a fabulous collection of late 19th and early 20th century art pottery that does not relate to the mission of our museum, and therefore was deaccessioned from the collection because it did not fit within our mission or our collecting scope."