M. Louise McLaughlin American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Louise McLaughlin was a pioneering figure in the history of American ceramics. Like many women of her time, she began her artistic career as a china painter. One of her earliest innovations was her discover of the barbotine technique in the late 1870s and early 1880s. By the mid 1880s when the vogue for barbotine ware had waned, she turned back to china painting and other artistic endeavors. McLaughlin and others were exceedingly influenced by Japanese design as the decoration on this vase of stylized prunus blossoms demonstrates. It demonstrates her extraordinary skill in the delicate decoration in silver and gold.

Bottle, M. Louise McLaughlin (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1847–1939 Cincinnati, Ohio), Porcelain, American

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