In the second and third quarters of the twentieth century, Lenox produced their world-renown bone chine in solid color other or in combination with their signature cream color. Of these colors, black was the least common, made for only two belief periods.
This is an excellent Modern-form water pitcher in cream with black slip to the exterior. It is decorated with gold. I've always thought this pitcher form was purely decorative, but I noticed when I was cleaning it that it is actually an excellent and well-balanced design, allowing one to pour liquid into a glass without drips or spills.
The combination of the black, cream and gold gives this jug an elegant, formal look. It reminds me of a tuxedo.
It's 9.75" tall, 6" from handle to spout and 3.125" in diameter at the foot.
Condition: there are a couple of light scratches to the glaze at the widest point on the body, likely where it rubbed up against other items while stored. They don't penetrate the black slip layer and can only be seen under close examination. Otherwise fine.
Mark: L wreath mark in gold, followed by: "by Lenox / 3472-X-530". If I remember correctly, "X" is the color code for black.
Item ID: 3646