Covered Vase

Probably designed by Edward Lycett American
Manufactured by Faience Manufacturing Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743

Because of its massive size, this Near Eastern–inspired bottle-form vase is one of the most important examples of the Faience Manufacturing Company's work. It may have belonged to the eminent ceramic historian Dr. Edwin AtLee Barber, who acquired a vase of the same size, shape, and decoration at auction in 1910. On the lower body, broad bands of Mazarine blue, a difficult-to-achieve glaze for which the firm was renowned, are painted with powdered gold and gilt vermiculation. On the upper body and neck, raised gold-paste butterflies flutter among chrysanthemums of Far Eastern derivation on an ivory-glazed ground.

Covered Vase, Probably designed by Edward Lycett (1833–1910), Glazed and gilded earthenware, American

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