Greenwood Pottery Company (American, Trenton, New Jersey, 1861–1933)
Made in Trenton, New Jersey, United States
H. 13 9/16 in. (34.4 cm)
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2004
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
As an early label on the piece indicates, this vase was exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, most likely as a mate to the similar example also in the Museum’s collection (2004.93). The vases are unusually large and bear exquisite decoration. The hummingbirds, flowering branches, and insects on this example are clearly the work of talented English immigrants, formerly employed by Royal Worcester and Crown Derby, who were hired by the Greenwood firm to decorate its porcelains.
Marking: [reverse affixed with typed paper label with red border]: Greenwood Ware / Trenton, N.J. / Exhibited in 1893 at / Chicago World's Fair
Purchased from the great great grandson Brian L. Maxwell of Greenwood Pottery co-founder James Tams.