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Pitcher

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES ca. 1885
DIMENSIONS 9 7/16 x 9 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. (24 x 24.4 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Transfer-printed on base in black: "UNION / PORCELAIN / WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y." within urn. Incised in clay underneath glaze, indistinct Z-shaped mark.
INSCRIPTIONS Painted in reserve on side of body, in gilt: "MANUFACTURED / By / Union Porcelain Works [within sloping orange rectangle with green and red diamond border] / GREENPOINT. / N.Y."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.71
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jay and Emma Lewis
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Union Porcelain Works (1863-ca.1922). Pitcher, ca. 1885. Porcelain, 9 7/16 x 9 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. (24 x 24.4 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jay and Emma Lewis, 2004.71. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 2004.71.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION White porcelain pitcher with polychrome and gilded decoration. Ovoid body bulges around middle, tapers at collar, and then flares out as it rises to wide spout; scalloped top rim. Opposing handle bifurcates into two branches at juncture with body. Large reserves on each side of body framed by molded edge; gilded inscription within reserve on one side, reserve on opposite side is blank. Area around top of pitcher above reserves is painted black, although much of the paint is now lost. Hand painted cat tail plants and stalks with yellow flowers frame reserves; some of the leaves wrap around top edge and continue on interior. Triangular form with Orientalizing geometric patterns in gold, purple, and orange between reserves below spout. Strap across top of spout (for catching ice cubes) painted with a crane wading in a naturalistic setting. Top edge ringed with gilt and orange band. Handle is glazed tan and decorated with gilded Chinese fretwork; bottom juncture decorated with blue, magenta, and orange geometric forms. Condition: Good; most of black glaze around collar is lost; some losses to gilding and scratches in paint.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (75%)
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