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Covered Vase

Maker:
Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)
Date:
1886–90
Geography:
Made in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm); Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence I. Balasny-Barnes, in memory of her parents, Elizabeth C. and Joseph Balasny, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.432.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 741
Through its form and decoration, this vase, like many of the Faience Manufacturing Company's objects made after 1886, illustrates the Near and Far Eastern, as well as English, influence on late nineteenth-century American ceramics. Rising from a bulbous body, the long neck with domed cover recalls an Islamic minaret. Botanical motifs depicted on Japanese ceramics inspired the lavender and sepia wisteria enriched with raised gold paste that trails over the shoulder of the vase and down its sloping sides.
Marking: stamped on underside: F M Co [conjoined]
Florence I. Balasny-Barnes, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1981
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