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Part of The American Wing
American Pottery Manufacturing Company (1833–ca. 1854)
Date: 1833–50Accession Number: 1992.230
Thomas Fletcher (American, Alstead, New Hampshire 1787–1866 New Jersey)
Date: 1830–40Accession Number: 2007.25
Date: 1843–55Accession Number: 1978.141
American Porcelain Manufacturing Company (1854–1857)
Date: 1853–56Accession Number: 1997.430.3
Probably United States Pottery Company (1852–58)
Date: 1849–58Accession Number: 39.115.4a, b
Probably decorated by Thomas Tucker (1812–1890)
Date: 1828–38Accession Number: 1992.362.1
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The Museum's preeminent collections of American silver, ceramics, and glass are installed on this level and on the mezzanine balcony below.
Late Classical and Rococo Revival Styles
The South Balcony of The Charles Engelhard Court displays silver, ceramics, and glass in the late Classical and Rococo revival styles. Ranging in date from 1815 through the 1870s, these objects reflect keen awareness of the latest European styles. By the second decade of the nineteenth century, the French Empire style held sway, bringing with it a bolder, more archaeologically correct interpretation of a classical decorative vocabulary. Around mid-century, the Rococo idiom was revived, manifesting itself in exuberant, naturalistic ornament, particularly on silver and ceramic wares. These objects illustrate the increasing sophistication of American artists and craftsmen, who employed technological innovations to produce an increasing variety of goods for an expanding group of consumers. Other examples of silver, ceramics, and glass from this period are on view in Gallery 731, Gallery 732, Gallery 733, and Gallery 736.
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