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Charger

Artist:
John Bennett (1840–1907)
Date:
1877
Geography:
(none assigned) New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
ceramic
Dimensions:
17 in. diameter x 2 in. deep (43.2 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.176
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
The rare charger embodies John Bennett’s penchant for Anglo-Japanese style, one of the defining characteristics of the Aesthetic Movement. Painted the same year that Bennett immigrated to New York from England, the charger strongly relates to an earlier example of Doulton Pottery, where Bennett developed and taught his method of underglaze decoration. The subject of two cranes deviates from Bennett’s more typical floral and plant motifs with pronounced dark outlines as seen on the large vase with dogwood blossoms (1984.425) also in the collection.
Inscription: Conjoined monogram: CDER

Marking: Unidentified maker's mark
The vendor for this piece is The Fine Art Society, London. It was purchased at Gorringes in Worthing, England on December 12, 2007, lot 234, for UK 2800, as part of the Estate of Henry Raymond Basden.
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