Tucker Factory American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726

This vase is among the most ambitious ceramics made in this nation’s early republic era. Referencing sumptuous metal-mounted French porcelains of the period, it features elaborate gilded and polychrome enamel decoration. Each side is embellished with a different view of Philadelphia, taken from print sources. On one side, is Sedgely Park, designed by distinguished architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the country seat of Philadelphia merchant James Fisher. It is considered to be the earliest Gothic Revival house in America. On the opposite side is the view from Springland, the country estate on the Delaware River of the artist and landscape architect William Birch. Birch was the primary proponent of the English picturesque landscape, of which he considered his own Springland, the epitome. Thus, the views celebrate quite consciously a particular moment in this nation’s history—and —America’s most noted architect, and most noted landscape architect.

Vase, Tucker Factory (1826–1838), Porcelain, brass, American

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