Wedgwood’s swan vases were the most imposing products made by the factory in the nineteenth century. They were also available with a putto on the cover in place of the swan; one of these variants was among Wedgwood’s exhibit at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1878. The designer of this pair of vases may have been the French sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824–1887). Nineteenth-century majolica, a type of earthenware covered in thick colored glazes, was first introduced by the Minton factory in 1851. Majolica, which differs from Italian sixteenth-century maiolica from which it was loosely derived, was made by a number of other English and American factories during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Marking:  [impressed on inner surface of base, under the yellow glaze]: DDE (or DDB); W; WEDGWOOD; O  [painted on underside of cover, under the glaze]: M (or could be a W or a 3) in purple; and again under the glaze of the inner surface of the base, in manganese
Gyora and Judith S. Novak , New York (until 1995; to MMA)
Artist: Possibly designed by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres)Date: ca. 1883Medium: Lead- and tin-glazed earthenwareAccession: 1995.288.1a–cOn view in:Not on view