Probably after a model by Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Minton(s) (British, Stoke-on-Trent, 1793–present)
British, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Glazed pottery (Minton majolica)
17 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (44.5 x 52.1 cm)
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1995
Not on view
The proliferation of European porcelain factories after about 1750, and the development of indigenous styles, led to a gradual decline in Asian influence. Interest in the Far East was dramatically revived in the second half of the nineteenth century with international exhibitions, the formation of new collections, and the travel to Japan of collectors, designers, and entrepreneurs who initiated a new cycle of interpretation.
There is no known shape in Asian ceramics that correspond to this vessel. Various elements, such as the bamboo borders and the cloud formations within frames on the neck, are obviously derived from Chinese art. The theme of the "carp leaping in waves" symbolizes success in civil-service examinations-once the carp leaps over the "dragon gate," it becomes a dragon.
[ Leah Roland , Leonia, New Jersey, until 1995; sold to MMA ]