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.
16 1/2 x 8 x 8 in. (41.9 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm) (show scale)
On base: impressed "623"; printed, standard logo of intertwined "FMC"; handpainted "12"
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Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis in honor of Kevin L. Stayton
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Edward Lycett (American, born England, 1833-1910). Ewer, ca. 1885. Glazed porcelain, 16 1/2 x 8 x 8 in. (41.9 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis in honor of Kevin L. Stayton, 1999.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.1_side1_PS2.jpg)
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Ewer, cream-colored porcelain with polychrome decorations in the Japanese taste. Squat bulbous body resting on canted foot ring, tapers to elongated cylindrical neck. Neck flares at top with upright duckbill-shaped spout. C-shaped gilded, reticulated handle attached at the middle of the neck and shoulder of body. Polychrome decorations on body accented and traced with gold: raspberry bush branch with berries, and leaves, and a bird on one side; smaller branches extend around to the other side which also includes a butterfly. Molded band around top edge of neck with gilded floral motifs; gilded bands around foot ring and edge of spout.
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