Charles Graham Works is best known for its industrial stoneware ceramics such as the giant spigot seen here. In the mid-1880s, in order to diversify the output and gain a share of the domestic consumer market, Graham patented a resist process to decorate vases made of the same stoneware with Japanese-inspired motifs then in vogue.
Patented April 7, 1885
On exterior, impressed below lip on opposing sides, within rectangular shape with canted corners: "CHAS. GRAHAM/PAT APRIL 7TH/1885"
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Gift of Jay and Emma Lewis
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Charles Graham (American, 1854-1907). Vase, Patented April 7, 1885. Glazed stoneware, 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (19.1 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jay and Emma Lewis, 2007.22. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007.22_PS6.jpg)
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Brown pyriform vase with concave neck and slightly flared rim. Over-all white etched decoration in the Japanese taste depicting a naturalistic scene with bird, moth, vines, flowers, and spider web. Shoulder articulated with two thin bands of small impressed dots.
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