Covered Vase

Maker: Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)

Date: 1886–90

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Earthenware

Dimensions: H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm); Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Florence I. Balasny-Barnes, in memory of her parents, Elizabeth C. and Joseph Balasny, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.432.4


Through its form and decoration, this vase, like many of the Faience Manufacturing Company's objects made after 1886, illustrates the Near and Far Eastern, as well as English, influence on late nineteenth-century American ceramics. Rising from a bulbous body, the long neck with domed cover recalls an Islamic minaret. Botanical motifs depicted on Japanese ceramics inspired the lavender and sepia wisteria enriched with raised gold paste that trails over the shoulder of the vase and down its sloping sides.