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Leaf Pitcher, ca. 1901

This is a Pitcher. It is dated ca. 1901 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is pressed and hand-shaped, high-fired eosin-glazed fine white earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The lusterware ceramics produced by Zsolnay of Pécs, Hungary, represent some of the most innovative forms and glazing technology of the late 19th and early 20th century. The Zsolnay firm was founded in 1853 by Miklós Zsolnay whose son, Vilmos, took over the company's leadership in 1865. It was under Vilmos that Zsolnay began to transform both the design and technology of its ceramic wares. Combining local tradition with close attention to stylistic developments in England and France, Zsolnay's production was unique to the period.
Zsolnay's experimentation included reinterpretation of historical forms, including those with references to the Far Eastern origins of lusterware. It was Zsolnay's use of eosin-reduced glazing to create freeform, non-figural color patterns on sinuous ceramic bodies that made the company's production so popular at the turn of the 20th-century.

It is credited Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 17.1 × 25.1 × 20.3 cm (6 3/4 in. × 9 7/8 in. × 8 in.)

It has the following markings

On base, impressed stamp: five overlapping facade topped with cross; "ZSOLNAY" / "C.C.E.[...]" / "6151"

Cite this object as

Leaf Pitcher, ca. 1901; Previously owned by Historical Design Inc. ; Hungary; pressed and hand-shaped, high-fired eosin-glazed fine white earthenware; H x W x D: 17.1 × 25.1 × 20.3 cm (6 3/4 in. × 9 7/8 in. × 8 in.); Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund; 2007-3-1

In addition to Iridescence, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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