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Bib Faucet

Decorative Arts and Design

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.
MEDIUM Glazed stoneware
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (24.0 x 42.0 x 14.0 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed oval medallion on side of body: "CHAS. GRAHAM / CHEMICAL POTTERY WORKS / BROOKLYN, N. Y. "
CREDIT LINE Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Brown glazed stoneware spigot. A squat cylindrical body with three incised lines at top and bottom of body, with a wide down-curved spout opposed by a wide, threaded, horizontal lead tube. Rectangular handle above a short neck with two bands of molded beads. CONDITION - Very good. Several firing flaws and small chips to threads.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Charles Graham Chemical Pottery Works (1878–ca. 1913). Bib Faucet, late 19th century. Glazed stoneware, 9 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (24.0 x 42.0 x 14.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 1996.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.8.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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