Decorator: Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, 1835–1894); Manufacturer: Boston China Decorating Works (1860–ca. 1925)
Glazed and painted earthenware; H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1997 (1997.337)
Celia Laighton Thaxter’s vase of 1888 depicting naturalistic olive branches and a Greek inscription from Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus illustrates her interest in classical motifs informed by travels in Italy, and her penchant for inscribing her vessels with lines of poetry.