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ca. 1910
Origin: America, Alabama, Randolph County, Rock Mills
10 3/4" x 7 3/8" x 7 1/4"
Salt-glazed stoneware
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1993.900.2
Molded head of a man having close set eyes, aquiline nose, large ears, thick neck, mounted on a turned, shouldered base.
Label:This piece is completely sculptural although the bust was a functional object before Boggs modified it. The object was sculpted from a length of stoneware sewer pipe. Sculptures made from sewer tile are known to have been created in Georgia but not in Alabama. How did the bust come to be made in Rock Mills, Ala.? Boggs’s father was a potter in Georgia and may have passed the technique on to his son. Will Boggs was employed in Alabama as a potter by William David Pounds and Denny Pounds, Williams’ grandson, remembers that a stoneware head was used as a doorstop in the potting shop.
--Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
February 2007
Provenance:Mrs. Lavada Yates, Rock Mills, Alabama, used 93.900.2 as a yard ornament. Mrs. Yates, a member of the Yates family of potters in Randolph County, remembered "Head of a Man" as having been made by Boggs and being given by the potter to her family. Mrs. Yates was the source of the attribution. Letter from James E. Allen in "Correspondence" file.