Ernestine Cannon

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Ernestine Cannon (1904-1969), also known as Ernestine Virden-Cannon, was an American ceramicist and designer of dinner ware whose business, Ernestine, was based in Italy.[1] Cannon lived in Salerno during the Second World War, where in 1948 she established her business in response to the post-war poverty she saw there.[1] In 1949 the earthenware produced to Cannon's designs was featured at a Pittsburgh trade show by her exclusive representatives Fisher, Bruce & Co, bringing wider attention to her work and leading to its sale through department stores such as Neiman Marcus.[1] In 1951 Cannon was awarded a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, the reason given that her "creative designs" had "brought new life to the ceramic industry of Italy."[2]

Ernestine Cannon
Born1904 (1904)
Died1969 (aged 64–65)
Known forCeramics

Examples of Cannon's ceramics are housed in the Dallas Museum of Art.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Venable, Charles L.; Denker, Ellen P. (2000). China and glass in America 1880 - 1980. New York, NY: Abrams. p. 278. ISBN 9780810966925.
  2. ^ Johnstone, Pat (6 September 1951). "Future Fashions Unveiled This Week by Neiman Marcus". The Mexia Daily News. UP. Retrieved 10 March 2015 – via
  3. ^ Staff writer. "Collection search: Ernestine Cannon". Dallas Museum of Art. Retrieved 10 March 2015.

Further readingEdit

  • Conforti, Laura; Gargiulo, Maria Grazia (2009). La ceramica Ernestine : forma, colore ed innovazione, 1948-1968 : catalogo mostra, Museo Città creativa, Ogliara, Salerno (in Italian). Napoli: Fioranna. ISBN 9788890349126.