Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1835–1894 Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)
Boston China Decorating Works (1860–ca. 1925)
Made in Appledore, Maine, United States
Glazed and painted earthenware
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1997
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Celia Laighton Thaxter’s vase of 1888 depicting naturalistic olive branches and a Greek inscription from Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus illustrates her interest in classical motifs informed by travels in Italy, and her penchant for inscribing her vessels with lines of poetry.
Marking: (on base): (printed underglaze in blue) BOSTON CHINA DEC. WORKS / L. COOLEY. / CHARLES ST., BOSTON.; (painted overglaze in black) [signed] Celia Thaxter / 1888.
Artist: Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1835–1894 Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)Date: 1894, 1895 on title pageMedium: Illustrations: chromolithographyAccession: 1978.640On view in:Not on view