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Vase (one of a pair)

Designer:
Possibly designed by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres)
Manufacturer:
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759–present)
Date:
1876
Culture:
British, Etruria, Staffordshire
Medium:
Lead- and tin-glazed earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 54 in. (137.2 cm.); Gr. W. 20 in. (50.8 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Gyora and Judith S. Novak, in honor of David T. Siegel, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.288.2a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
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: [1] [impressed on inner surface of base, under the yellow glaze]: DDE (or DDB); W; WEDGWOOD; O
[2] [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)
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