Maker: Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)

Date: 1886–90

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Earthenware, glazed and painted with overglaze polychrome enamels raised paste decoration

Dimensions: H. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Brian D. Coleman, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.443


In 1886, the Faience Manufacturing Company promoted its stylish new wares by publishing advertisements that displayed highly decorative vessels within strong Aesthetic movement designs. Embellished with Asian-inspired asymmetrical pine boughs that flank a central scene of ducks in flight against a moonlit sky, this vase matches the one depicted in the firm's August 1886 advertisement in the Decorator and Furnisher.