John Bennett was not only a leading ceramicist in the Aesthetic Movement style but a social reformer as well. With the support of his employer Henry Doulton, he established the Faience Department within Doulton Pottery to teach women china painting. This allowed women to gain a degree of economic independence in an era when they could not vote or readily own property.
The decoration on Bennett’s English pottery is tightly rendered. In the New York piece seen here his style became freer and impressionistic in response to the seemingly endless possibilities of the New World.
- Maker: John Bennett, English, 1840-1907, active in America 1878-1883
- Medium: Glazed earthenware
- Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
- Dates: ca. 1880
- Dimensions: Height: 10 1/16 in. - diameter: 6 15/16 in. (show scale)
- Markings: hand-painted under glaze: "JBennett / 412 E 24 / N.Y." on bottom of vase.
- Signature: no signature
- Inscriptions: no inscriptions
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1990.159.1
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Emma and Jay Lewis and H. Randolph Lever Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: John Bennett (English, 1840-1907, active in America 1878-1883). Vase, ca. 1880. Glazed earthenware, Height: 10 1/16 in. - diameter: 6 15/16 in. Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Emma and Jay Lewis and H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1990.159.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Vase, glazed white-bodied earthenware. Squat baluster shape with elongated neck and flared rim. Mottled blue ground with dark olive green leaves and dark pink and white cherry blossoms in asymmetrical pattern on lower 2/3 of vase. Interior mottled blue/green color. CONDITION- Small firing flaw to neck and bulbous curve of body.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)