Pewabic American Art Deco Beehive Tile for the Guardian Building Detroit
A superb Arts and Crafts / Art Deco era tile of a beehive with bees. This is an iconic symbol, the hive in Christianity represents the individual working for the common good of the hive. It is also an emblem of Christ. It represents his mildness and mercy on one side and his justice on the other. Bees are also the symbol of an industrious and a prosperous community and wisdom.
This tile has deeply incised lines that would be filled with grout when installed to give the panel a mosaic look. The matte blue glaze curdles in places. The tile was made at the Pewabic Pottery and is unmarked. It dates to the 1920's and is 16.5" tall, 12" wide and .75" thick. This design was made by Pewabic's founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton while working with architects for the 1928 construction of the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit Michigan. Nicknamed the Cathedral of Finance it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. The last two photos show the tile in situ.
The condition is very good. It has a few glaze flakes and a short hairline that doesn't show from the front. This tile is graphic and impressive.