This is a vase. It was created by Maria Longworth Nichols and made by Frederick Dallas Hamilton Road Pottery. It is dated 1879–1880 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is glazed stoneware with gilding and applied hand-modeled dragon. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The dragon was one of Nichols’s favorite motifs. In Japanese culture dragons control the natural elements. Nichols’s treatment of birds and cattails on the vase’s body suggests their derivation from a Japanese print source, a number of which Nichols owned and had access to through their American circulation.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 26.7 x 21 cm (10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)
It has the following markings
"No. 3" in overglaze red brush
Cite this object as
Vase (USA); Maria Longworth Nichols (American, 1849–1932); glazed stoneware with gilding and applied hand-modeled dragon; H x diam.: 26.7 x 21 cm (10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Marcia and William Goodman; 1984-84-13
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.