The Reeves Collection

Founded in 1967 with a gift of ceramics from alumnus Euchlin Reeves and his wife, the painter Louise Herreshoff, the Reeves Collection contains ceramics made in Asia, Europe, and the Americas between 1500 and today.

These fragile yet durable objects tell stories of design, technology, and trade, and illustrate how people drank, dined and decorated their homes over the past five centuries.

Search and view items from the Reeves Collection by visiting our online database. Records may at times be added or removed for editing.

Temporary Exhibitions

Wilson Toby Jug

World War I and Washington and Lee

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entrance into World War I.  W&L is commemorating the centenary through a series of exhibits that highlight the war, its leaders, and the involvement of W&L alumni in what was known at the time as "The Great War."  

Mementos of the Great War: Toby Jugs Commemorating the Allied Leaders of World War I

The Watson Pavilion

Monday-Saturday, 9-4  

IMAGE OF JUG   These jugs depict some of the most important Allied military and political leaders of the period, including Winston Churchill of Great Britain, General Marshal Foch of France, and Woodrow Wilson of the United States. 

New Accessions


Possibly Made at the Coalbrookdale Furnace, Shropshire, England, 1800-1820                                                                                                         
Made of Cast Iron
Museum Purchase

Political and social justice movements need money to fund their activities.  Abolitionists used banks like this to collect money and to remind white supporters of the shared humanity of enslaved Africans. Anti-slavery societies urged their members to make weekly contributions; the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society called on its members to "let this box remain stationary on upon the chimney piece or table in the most public room in your dwelling, as it will not only give strangers an opportunity to aid in swelling the bondsman's treasury, but it will also remind the contributors of their weekly pledge." Though not ceramic, this object relates to a range of ceramics decorated with anti-slavery imagery in the Reeves Collection.