Covered Vase

Designer: Probably designed by Edward Lycett (1833–1910)

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Faience Manufacturing Company (American, New York, 1881–1892)

Date: 1886–90

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

Culture: American

Medium: Glazed and gilded earthenware

Dimensions: H. 27 in. (68.6 cm); Diam. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Todd Michael Volpe, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.57a, b


Because of its massive size, this Near Eastern–inspired bottle-form vase is one of the most important examples of the Faience Manufacturing Company's work. It may have belonged to the eminent ceramic historian Dr. Edwin AtLee Barber, who acquired a vase of the same size, shape, and decoration at auction in 1910. On the lower body, broad bands of Mazarine blue, a difficult-to-achieve glaze for which the firm was renowned, are painted with powdered gold and gilt vermiculation. On the upper body and neck, raised gold-paste butterflies flutter among chrysanthemums of Far Eastern derivation on an ivory-glazed ground.