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Covered Vase

Designer:
Probably designed by Edward Lycett (1833–1910)
Manufacturer:
Manufactured by 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. 27 in. (68.6 cm); Diam. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Todd Michael Volpe, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.57a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
Because of its massive size, this Near Eastern–inspired bottle-form vase is one of the most important examples of the Faience Manufacturing Company's work. It may have belonged to the eminent ceramic historian Dr. Edwin AtLee Barber, who acquired a vase of the same size, shape, and decoration at auction in 1910. On the lower body, broad bands of Mazarine blue, a difficult-to-achieve glaze for which the firm was renowned, are painted with powdered gold and gilt vermiculation. On the upper body and neck, raised gold-paste butterflies flutter among chrysanthemums of Far Eastern derivation on an ivory-glazed ground.
Marking: inscribed on underside: 93; impressed on underside: 670
Todd Michael Volpe, New York, until 1985
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