Decorator: Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1835–1894 Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)
Manufacturer: Boston China Decorating Works (1860–ca. 1925)
Geography: Made in Appledore, Maine, United States
Medium: Glazed and painted earthenware
Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1997
Accession Number: 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.