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. 15 x 8 in. (38.1 x 20.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.424


A long-necked ewer with a pinched spout displays the synthesis of Near and Far Eastern shape and decoration characteristic of the Faience Manufacturing Company's vessels. The decoration of bird and butterfly amid raspberry branches is simultaneously indebted to Japanese motifs as well as those of the much-admired English artists at the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company. By leaving some of the raspberry leaves ungilded, the decorator created a subtle illusion of depth on the surface. The ungilded leaves seem to recede into the background.