Object of the Week: Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s Scarab Vase
Posted on: 2018-01-18 02:09:46
Welcome to the new Everson Museum of Art Blog! This is a space for us to share information about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and history. Every Monday we will post an Object of the Week, highlighting a work of art currently on display at the Museum, while other posts throughout the month will discuss topics such as ongoing exhibitions, exciting events and programming, and interesting tidbits from the Everson’s past. Our first Object of the Week is Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s Scarab Vase, one of the most important works in the Everson’s collection and a favorite of Museum visitors.
Robineau created the Scarab Vase in 1910 while working at University City Pottery in St. Louis, Missouri. Decorated with an excised design of scarab beetles, the vase is a stunning example of Robineau’s skill and believed to be her greatest masterpiece. The repeating design depicts scarab beetles in the act of pushing their eggs, encased in balls of dung, upwards in a never-ending battle against gravity. This continuous effort of the beetle reflects the theme of the vase, which Robineau named The Apotheosis of the Toiler due to the reputed one thousand hours of painstaking work required to carve the design.