Decorator: Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)

Date: 1886–90

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware with overglaze raised gold paste decoration

Dimensions: H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Burton P. Fabricand Gift, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.58


This bulbous-bodied, long-necked vase, with its pierced loop handles and lip, derives from a Near Eastern ceramic form. However, the raised gold decoration of a bird perched among blossoming sweet briar rose branches is inspired by the work of the English Worcester Royal Porcelain Company which was popular in the United States. Underglaze blue leaves painted on the mottled blue-green ground create a novel illusion of depth on the surface of this unusual vase.