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Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
The Boch brothers, William, Anthony, and Francis Victor, established William Boch & Brothers to compete with the slightly older pottery owned by Charles Cartlidge. Boch produced a great many of these Rococo-style pitchers as well as household ceramics such as carpet rods and door pulls and made-to-order ornamental cemetery figures.
MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES 1850–1861
DIMENSIONS 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (26 x 24.1 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceramic pitcher. Flaring foot rises to swelling, molded body; irregular rim curves upward at spout and at bifurcated twig-shaped handle. Body of pitcher is molded with stalks and ears of corn. Blue band painted at base rim, upper rim and highlights of twig handle. Molded corn highlighted with gilding. Upper spout is elaborate rococo cartouche in gilt; at top of cartouche is Masonic emblem. In cartouche: "F.K.M. Kropp" in Gothic letters in gilt. CONDITION: Glaze crazed throughout. Crazing discolored interior, bottom. Gilding shows normal wear in spots. Blue band at rim missing color below handle, also small spot to right of this and small spot right of cartouche.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION F. K. M. Kropp. Pitcher, 1850–1861. Porcelain, 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (26 x 24.1 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 84.127. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.127_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 84.127_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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