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Rookwood Pottery
rare "Othello" charger, an earthenware (red clay) pressed or molded form featuring a family crest and a head profile of William Shakespeare, shape number 78

Sale No: 2001, Lot No: 1070

Rookwood Pottery
rare “Othello” charger, an earthenware (red clay) pressed or molded form featuring a family crest and a head profile of William Shakespeare, shape number 78
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1884
high glazed ceramic
impressed factory marks, incised shape number
14 1/4″dia x 1 7/8″h

Catalog Note:
Rookwood’s Shape Record lists the charger as: “Moresque Plaque, Othello.” Designed and molded by J.C. Meyenberg, July 1884. No other mention of Meyenberg appears in Rookwood literature, but he seems to have been a sculptor, living in Northern Kentucky. We know this piece to be a casting, but, in 50 years, we have only seen one other similar example, done in white clay with Standard glaze and apparently sold through Duhme & Co., a Cincinnati retailer.

Sold for: $600