Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company
Edward Lycett (American, b. England, 1833–1910). Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–92). Vase, 1886–90. Cream-colored earthenware applied with molded fish and shells; painted over ivory or gray-green glazed ground with polychrome enamels; flat and raised gold paste decoration. Collection of Barrie and Deedee Wigmore
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.