Made by the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–1892)
New York City
Cream–colored earthenware; H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Moreau D. Brown Jr. and Charles C. Townsend Jr. Gifts, 2004 (2004.95)
At 22 inches high, this ewer is one of the five largest known vessels produced by the Faience Manufacturing Company, and this example displays one of at least four different motifs associated with this form. Rising from a bulbous double-gourd-form body, stacked elements that display classicizing ornament emphasize the ewer's elongated form. Opposing foliate scrolls, joined by an illusionistic gilt ceramic ring, form the dramatic handle. Meticulously painted polychromatic dolphins amid foliate scrolls and arabesques embellish the body.