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Vase

Decorator:
Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1835–1894 Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)
Manufacturer:
Boston China Decorating Works (1860–ca. 1925)
Date:
1888
Geography:
Made in Appledore, Maine, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Glazed and painted earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.337
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.
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