Made by the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–1892)
New York City
Painted and glazed earthenware with overglaze raised gold paste decoration; H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Burton P. Fabricand Gift, 1991 (1991.58)
This bulbous-bodied, long-necked vase, with its pierced loop handles and lip, derives from a Near Eastern ceramic form. However, the raised gold decoration of a bird perched among blossoming sweet briar rose branches is inspired by the work of the English Worcester Royal Porcelain Company which was popular in the United States. Underglaze blue leaves painted on the mottled blue-green ground create a novel illusion of depth on the surface of this unusual vase.