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Decorative Arts and Design

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 Glazed porcelain
DATES ca. 1885
DIMENSIONS 16 1/2 x 8 x 8 in. (41.9 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS On base: impressed "623"; printed, standard logo of intertwined "FMC"; handpainted "12"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis in honor of Kevin L. Stayton
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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. Condition: Excellent
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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: , 1999.1_1999.152.110_PS2.jpg)
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