FAIENCE LONGNECK VACE WITH RETICULATED HANDLE
Decoration attributed to Edward Lycett (1833-1910)
Faience Manufacturing Co., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York 1884-1887
Closely related to a long-necked vase at The Metropolitan Museum, this important example with reticulated handles bears the cipher of Faience Manufacturing Company, which made both of these gilded and enamel-glazed earthenware pieces between 1884 and 1887. Their design is attributed to its artistic director, Edward Lycett, who is known as “the pioneer of china painting in America.” The deep blue hue of the gilt-decorated sgraffito portion is generally identified with Lycett’s work and was based on the color of 18th Century French Sèvres porcelain, while its gilt-dusted sgraffito surface is, it seems, an example of so-called “Reflêt Métallique.” Adwin Atlee Barber, in the seminal work on American pottery and porcelain, credits Lycett with discover ing a method for creating this reflecting glaze seen on “ancient Persian tiling which as been so much admired….”
Glazed earthenware with lustrous deep blue, beige and brown painted decoration, as well as raised stylized chrysanthemums in gilt on its neck and mid-section and distinctive aesthetic sgraffito on its azure base. The reticulated lip and handles also with gilt decoration.
Bolger, Doreen, Jonathan Freedman, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, et al, In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rizzoli, 1986, p. 208 and fig. 7.8. Also see E. A. Barber, The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States, 3rd Ed., (reprinted 1976) Feingold & Lewis/J&J Publishers, NY, pp. 313-319, and also Barbara Veith, “Edward Lycett and the Faience Manufacturing Company,” ANTIQUES MAGAZINE, July 2001, pp. 84-91, for a discussion of Faience Manufacturing Co. and the significance of Edward Lycett.
In turquoise with the Faience Manufacturing Company cypher (“FMC” conjoined), as well as with the impressed potter’s number and “GS” in gilt.
SIZE: 18” h x 9” d
PRICE: On request
CALL NUMBER: 432-II-O