Artist:Union Porcelain Works
Dates:Patented November 28, 1882
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (50.8 x 31.8 x 29.2 cm) (a) Height of Base: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm) (b) Height of Filter Section: 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Accession Number: 1995.143.1a-c
Catalogue Description: White porcelain water filter with vitreous glaze and polychrome and gilded decorations, consisting of (a) base, (b) filter section, and (c) lid. The three parts stack to form a cylindrical vessel. (a) Base: cylindrical form that rounded at bottom where it tapers to meet foot band; hole for spigot within lozenge in center near bottom; molded garland register around top that is accented with gold and pink, green, and blue painted ribbons; main register decorated with rust-colored ground filled with orientalizing motifs of stylized floral and foliate forms in green, white, pink, maroon, yellow and black; lower register molded into vertical sections accented with gilding. (b) Filter section: cylindrical form with porous limestone bottom for filtering water; wide neck is stepped back from body; two applied handles at neck, each formed by a dragon curled into a ring, accented with red and gold; neck decorated with beaded and gilded band and rust-colored band with tripartite blue flowers; collar has molded foliate forms with gilded accents; main register has rust-colored ground filled with orientalizing motifs of stylized floral and foliate forms in green, white, pink, maroon, yellow, blue, and black. (c) Conforming lid: shallow stepped dome with flat knob finial with molded flower on top. Decorated with rust-colored bands and black and gilded accents.