John Bennett American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

John Bennett had headed the division of Lambeth Faience at the Doulton Pottery in England before immigrating to the United States in 1877 and setting up his own workshops in New York City. His work is dominated by floral decoration in a highly decorative mode, harking back to his days at Doulton, with the use of colored oxides. This is a rare example of Bennett working in the barbotine technique, one dominated by French potters, and it exhibits his fluency with both modes of decoration popular in the late 1870s and early 1880s.

Vase, John Bennett (1840–1907), Earthenware, American

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