Fireplace surround
On View In:
Gallery 334
Artist:   Attributed to John S. Bradstreet
Grueby Faience Company  
Title:   Fireplace surround  
Date:   1902  
Medium:   Glazed ceramic  
Dimensions:   64 7/8 x 84 3/8 in. (164.78 x 214.31 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the Decorative Arts Council  
Location:   Gallery 334  

In 1902, Captain Joseph Sellwood commissioned Duluth architects Palmer, Hall, and Hunt to design a house for his daughter, Othelia, and her new husband, Leslie Leithhead, on the occasion of their marriage. In this fireplace surround from the home, two trees are depicted with their roots expressively exposed. The Grueby Faience Company, then one of the prominent manufacturers of art pottery and architectural ceramic work, produced the tiled scene. The design is attributed to Minneapolis-based interior designer John Bradstreet, whose Duluth Living Room is featured in Gallery 320, on the basis of several factors. The tree motif is similar to known Bradstreet compositions found in Duluth's Congdon mansion, "Glensheen," and in the Edson Woodworth residence of Minneapolis. As well, the Grueby company used outside artists during their early years, and may have come to Bradstreet, a Massachusetts man who retained east coast connections after settling in Minneapolis.

Name:   Bradstreet, John S.  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1845-1914  
Name:   Grueby Faience Company  
Role:   Maker  
Life Dates:   Boston, 1897-1909  

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Physical Description:   buff terracotta tiles with press-molded design, covered in green and shades of brown and rust matte glazes; framed in oak  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   91.47  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts