Made by the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–1892)
New York City
Earthenware; H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm), Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Gift of Florence I. Balasny–Barnes, in memory of her parents, Elizabeth C. and Joseph Balasny, 1981 (1981.432.4)
Through its form and decoration, this vase, like many of the Faience Manufacturing Company's objects made after 1886, illustrates the Near and Far Eastern, as well as English, influence on late nineteenth-century American ceramics. Rising from a bulbous body, the long neck with domed cover recalls an Islamic minaret. Botanical motifs depicted on Japanese ceramics inspired the lavender and sepia wisteria enriched with raised gold paste that trails over the shoulder of the vase and down its sloping sides.