Decorator: Celia Laighton Thaxter (American, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1835–1894 Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)

Manufacturer: Boston China Decorating Works (1860–ca. 1925)

Date: 1888

Geography: Made in Appledore, Maine, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Glazed and painted earthenware

Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.337


Celia Laighton Thaxter’s vase of 1888 depicting naturalistic olive branches and a Greek inscription from Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus illustrates her interest in classical motifs informed by travels in Italy, and her penchant for inscribing her vessels with lines of poetry.