Decorator: Mary Louise McLaughlin (American, 1847–1939)
Painted and glazed earthenware
H. 39 3/4 in. (101 cm), Diam. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)
Anonymous Loan (L.1987.11)
McLaughlin, founder of the Cincinnati Pottery Club in 1879, produced and decorated thirty-six pieces, including two monumental vases of the same size and shape, for the club's first annual exhibition in May 1880. At the time, the vases, more than three feet in height, were the two largest pieces of art pottery ever produced in the country. McLaughlin called one vase, now residing in the Cincinnati Art Museum, the "Ali Baba Vase." The second vase, seen here, is decorated with calla lilies on a deep blue ground with a gold-crackle glaze.