A fine hand painted tall tankard mug produced by the Ceramic Art Company of Trenton, New Jersey in the 1890s. This stunning example of American porcelain painting has wonderful almost abstract flowers--wonderful snowy white flowers and brown pods and green leaves on a sea foam green background...lovely! The mug is 5 3/4" tall with a gilt edge top opening of 3" tapering outward to a base diameter of 4 1/4", and it has an applied handle with raised decoration. It's in excellent condition and marked with the early CAC palette mark used from 1889 until 1906.
The Ceramic Art Company was founded by Jonathan Coxon Sr and Walter Scott Lenox. Lenox later founded the Lenox porcelain company so loved by generations of Americans. The CAC was known for its fine wares, which were said to surpass the quality and beauty of the Irish porcelains for which American Belleek was named. Because American Belleek was produced by so few companies for only 20 or so years, it is highly prized and valued.