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Ewer

Decorative Arts

Edward Lycett’s designs frequently emulated fashionable English and continental art pottery, as seen in this comparison of an FMCo ewer with a closely related English Crown Derby one.

Both vessels exhibit the exoticism associated with the Aesthetic Movement, but the smaller-scale English ewer with its delicate and precise decoration is challenged by the distinctly American FMCo ewer, which is characterized by bolder decoration and scale.
MEDIUM Porcelain
  • Place Made: Derby, England
  • DATES 1888
    DIMENSIONS 12 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. (32.1 x 14.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On base: company logo printed in brown, impressed "^,  , 607," hand painted in brown "1722/1409/x," and old paper label numbered "1199."
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.152.110
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Co. (founded 1750). Ewer, 1888. Porcelain, 12 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. (32.1 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller, 1999.152.110. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.1_1999.152.110_PS2.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ewer, ivory body, of bulbous form with elongated, tapering neck surmounted by flared and scrolling pulled spout and terminating in a ring-shaped knop above the inverted, sloping shoulders of the onion-shaped body, mounted on a raised, circular foot. The neck decorated in celadon green ground beneath a gilt craquelure pattern and neo-greque decorative motifs, the body decorated with an overall gilt and platinum pattern of naturalistically rendered thistles and tulips. The molded and applied reticulated handle, of ear-form with everted arches, of celadon ground with gilt decoration. Very good condition.
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    Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Co. (founded 1750). <em>Ewer</em>, 1888. Porcelain, 12 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. (32.1 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Harold S. Keller, 1999.152.110. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.1_1999.152.110_PS2.jpg)