E.T. Hurley Bronze Letter Opener, Early 20th Century
Hurley was perhaps best known for his work with the Rookwood Pottery Company. He was an accomplished painter, printer, illustrator and author. Born in Cincinnati, Hurley would later graduate from Xavier University and the Cincinnati Art Academy. He was a designer for Rookwood Pottery Company from 1896-1948, creating paintings on both canvas and pottery. Cincinnati scenes had a strong hold on Hurley’s work and were his most prominent subject matter. His works have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904), and more.
|Marks||Marked in cast|
|Maker||Edward Timothy Hurley (Cincinnati, Ohio; 1869-1950)|
|Period||Mid to Late 20th Century|
|Style||Arts and Crafts|
|Additional Information||Presented alongside a Grotesque brass nutcracker, a Chinese figural plaque and a mother of pearl inlaid lacquerware box.|
- letter opener shows oxidation and surface wear; nutcracker has accretion overall; paperweight has surface wear throughout; small mother of pearl, inlaid box is damaged in the interior.
- measured nutcracker.