Decorated by James Callowhill American
Manufactured by Willets Manufacturing Company American
Not on view
James Callowhill was renowned for his decorative raised-gold-paste technique in combination with sponged enamels. British by birth, he trained at the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works in England. With his equally talented brother Thomas, and his son Sidney, also decorators, he immigrated to the United States in about 1883 and worked essentially as a freelance decorator for various factories in Brooklyn, Trenton, and Boston. This plaque captures Callowhill’s most distinctive style and incorporates one of the artist’s most favored motifs. The composition and motifs of the decoration is in the Japanesque style, a mode dominant during the period of the Aesthetic movement in America.