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

Date: 1881–83

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware

Dimensions: 4 x 11 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (10.2 x 29.2 x 26.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Lent by the Florence I. Balasny-Barnes Collection

Accession Number: L.1997.45.2


Three-dimensional orange tiger lilies and yellow and pink flowering branches embellish the everted wavy lip of this oval earthenware basket-form bowl that demonstrates the influence of French relief–decorated ceramics on the Faience Manufacturing Company's production. According to its trade catalogue, the firm offered objects such as this bowl fully decorated, or in the unglazed biscuit state. China painters purchased the biscuit pieces and decorated them in the manner they chose.