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Plate (USA)

This is a plate. It was decorated by Francis Lycett and Sidney T. Callowhill and manufactured by New York Faience Manufacturing Company. It is dated 1886–1890 and we acquired it in 1939. Its medium is glazed and gilt porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In the late 19th century the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn was home to at least a dozen major ceramics firms including the Faience Manufacturing Company. This plate exhibits two signatures of the firm’s production: raised gold paste decoration and a dark blue background. This piece’s octagonal form with a band along the rim and the attenuated floral decorations recall Japanese aesthetics.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Nineteenth-Century Glitz in Greenpoint.

This object was donated by Mrs. C. R. Dumble. It is credited Gift of Mrs. C. R. Dumble.

  • Object ID #18384867
  • brush and gouache, light green watercolor, graphite on buff wove paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel.
  • 1950-6-6

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2 x 22.3 cm (13/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: "F. Lycett"

Cite this object as

Plate (USA); Manufactured by Faience Manufacturing Company (United States); Decorated by Francis Lycett (American, 1861 - ca. 1938), Sidney T. Callowhill (American, b. England, 1867 - 1939); glazed and gilt porcelain; H x diam.: 2 x 22.3 cm (13/16 x 8 3/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. C. R. Dumble; 1939-24-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Passion for the Exotic: Japonism and New York and the Gilded Age.

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