A vase from the early 1900s is about to become a national treasure.
The Lad Library in Indiana has opened its first ever vase museum, and it’s a great piece of work.
“We wanted to do something that was more meaningful,” says Jodi Echols, the library’s director of collections.
The vase was created by William H. Hockett, a local artist and collector.
It was the first vase created for the library and is now the centerpiece of the museum.
It depicts a young man and his young wife as they play a game of basketball.
“The vase really caught our attention because it’s something that’s really unique and timeless,” Echolls says.
Hocksett was an amateur basketball player and the first to sell a vase to the public.
He died in 1918, and the vase will be preserved for future generations.
“It was one of those rare pieces of art that really caught on in the community,” Eichols says.
“I think that’s probably the most valuable piece of the vases that I’ve seen.”
Hockets life changed in the 1940s when he got into a car accident that left him severely injured.
He went to work for the National Park Service.
The accident left him with a badly broken leg and permanent brain damage.
Hockingett became a teacher and started a collection of vases.
After he died, the vased was kept in the collection and was donated to the library by a member of his family.
“He was very fortunate,” Echidols says of Hocketts vase.
“When you think about the impact that he had on the culture of the library, the museum, he really meant a lot to the community.”
Hockset’s vase has become a cultural icon and a national cultural treasure, thanks to its beauty and simplicity.
Hockedett donated the vas to the Library of Congress.
It will be used to showcase the work of other artists, who have donated their vases to the collection.
“This is really a gift to the world,” Echtols says with a laugh.
“To be able to bring these vases together and see them in a museum and really get to know them, it’s very exciting.”
Hockinget’s family moved to the United States in 1904.
In 1910, he opened the Hocket vase shop in downtown Indianapolis.
Today, Hockes collection includes nearly 5,000 vases, but Hock’s vases have not been used by the public for over 100 years.
The Hockettes vase collection is one of just five collections of Hockingets vases left in the United State.