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

Designer: Designed by Edward Lycett (1833–1910)

Date: 1886–90

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York

Culture: American

Medium: Cream-colored earthenware

Dimensions: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Moreau D. Brown Jr. and Charles C. Townsend Jr. Gifts, 2004

Accession Number: 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.