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Ewer

Manufacturer:
Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)
Designer:
Designed by Edward Lycett (1833–1910)
Date:
1886–90
Geography:
Made in Brooklyn, New York
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cream-colored earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Moreau D. Brown Jr. and Charles C. Townsend Jr. Gifts, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.95
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
At 22 inches high, this ewer is one of the five largest known vessels produced by the Faience Manufacturing Company, and this example displays one of at least four different motifs associated with this form. Rising from a bulbous double-gourd-form body, stacked elements that display classicizing ornament emphasize the ewer's elongated form. Opposing foliate scrolls, joined by an illusionistic gilt ceramic ring, form the dramatic handle. Meticulously painted polychromatic dolphins amid foliate scrolls and arabesques embellish the body.
Marking: Marks on base (impressed): "647"; ( painted in brown over the glaze on top of impressed "647"): "650"; (printed over the glaze twice in one brown, one red-brown): "FMCo" [conjoined monogram]; (painted over glaze in brown): "650/72"
From Marco Polo Stufano, Riverdale, NY, to The Stradlings, New York, - January 2004.
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