Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company
Edward Lycett (American, b. England, 1833–1910). Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–92). Ewer, 1886–90. Cream-colored earthenware with ivory glazed ground painted with polychrome enamels; flat and raised gold paste decoration. The Jacobsen Collection
This ewer is one of the five largest known shapes made by Faience Manufacturing Company. It was intended as a presentation piece to commemorate an important occasion, perhaps a marriage or a birth, as suggested by the image of a bird guarding a nest of chicks.