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Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
After training as a painter with his father, Charles Volkmar continued his studies in France. There he became fascinated with the effects of painting on ceramics, in particular the dense, brilliant colors achieved by the kilns in Limoges.

Following his return to New York around 1878, Volkmar opened his own pottery in Greenpoint and began making French-style wares (such as the vases shown here) similar to those produced at FMCo before the arrival of Edward Lycett. Volkmar is an early example of a studio potter who, rather than establishing a large factory, created one-of-a-kind handmade art pottery.
MEDIUM Earthenware
DATES 1881
DIMENSIONS Height: 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.); Diameter of base: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Leon Volkmar
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CAPTION Charles Volkmar (American, 1841-1914). Vase, 1881. Earthenware, Height: 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.); Diameter of base: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Leon Volkmar , 44.31.3. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE group, 44.31.3_44.31.2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One of pair (with 44.31.2) of red earthenware vases decorated with underglaze slip painting. Slip was made of ground porcelain acquired from the Union Porcelain Co. Vase has a pastoral view of cows and trees on one side; the other side mottled in blue and brown, two vertical handles. CONDITON: Handle of one of pair broken, both bases have been broken.
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