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.

Reeves 50th Catalog

Available for Purchase
50 Treasures: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Reeves Collection of Ceramics at Washington and Lee University by Ron Fuchs. On sale at the Lee Chapel Museum Shop for $17.95. Tax not included. Contact (540) 458-8095 for purchasing.


The catalog includes 50 ceramics from the Reeves Collection acquired in the last 50 years. They were made in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, some as early as the early 1600s and some as recently as the 21st century. These pieces reflect the range and diversity of the collection and they are particularly fine examples or their type, or they have especially interesting stories.  

New Accessions

GR Mug

Made in Deruta, Italy, possibly by Nicola Francioli, 1510-1540
Made of Tin-Glazed Earthenware, also known as Maiolica
Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by W. Groke Mickey

From the Renaissance until to today, there have been two main influences on European ceramic design; design inspired by ancient Greece and Rome and design inspired by Asia. This vase shows both. It combines medallions containing bust portraits of ancient Romans, a style known at the time as all' antica, or "after the antique," with a design of scrolling blue vines on a white ground, which was inspired by Chinese blue and white porcelain and was known as alla porcellana, or "after porcelain."