In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Cartlidge & Company was the foremost pottery in Brooklyn. At the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York, Cartlidge received a “first premium” for his large range of porcelains, such as the large Rococo-style pitcher seen here. His specialty and greatest achievement was Parian ware figures of great refinement and scale. Few are known to survive.
- Maker: Charles Cartlidge & Co., 1848-1856
- Medium: Porcelain
- Place Manufactured: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Dates: 1854-1856
- Dimensions: 10 x 12 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (25.4 x 30.8 x 21.9 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: In gilt lettering in script, "Lott." on one side of pitcher and "And / Murphy" on the other. In gilt lettering in top register of molded shield below spout, "VANDERBILT"
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Special Exhibition Gallery, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 1995.108.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Charles Cartlidge & Co. (1848-1856). Pitcher, 1854-1856. Porcelain, 10 x 12 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (25.4 x 30.8 x 21.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston, 1995.108.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Porcelain pitcher, white body with vitreous glaze and gilt accents. Body rises from round base, swells in center, tapers slightly around neck, and then continues to wide opening at top. One side of top edge extends into a wide arched spout. Opposing attached looped handle is molded with irregular bumps (resemble a tree branch) and has gilt accents. Sides of pitcher contain plain register with inscriptions in gilt lettering (in script, "Lott." on one side, "And / Murphy" on the other); registers surrounded by molded oak leaves and acorns accented in gilt. Below spout, there is a molded design with gilt accents of, from top to bottom: an eagle with spread wings (wings follow the curved contour of the spout) standing atop a shield, and an anchor intertwined with rope. The shield contains the gilt inscription "VANDERBILT" in the top register and the bottom register has alternating stripes with gilt. The molded rope is painted with brown glaze. Gilt band around top and bottom edge of pitcher. CONDITION: Good; overall crazed glaze and losses to gilt.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)