Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company

Edward Lycett: Vase

Cast and applied fish and seashells, painted in polychromatic enamels enriched with raised gold paste, encircle the sides of this fishbowl vase in an amusing visual conceit. Casting in clay has its antecedents in the work of the sixteenth-century French potter Bernard Palissy (circa 1510–1590), who created ornamental ceramic objects encrusted with amphibians, fish, and reptiles cast from life.