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Wonderful Large American CAC Belleek Porcelain Mug / Tankard / Stein ~ Hand Painted with Green Hops ~ Artist Initialed ~ Ceramic Art Company (Lenox) Trenton NJ 1889-1906
This very attractive gold rimmed mug has been hand painted with what appears to be hops. On one side the artist has combined the dark green flowers often called cones and muted green leaves. He has extended the plant around to the other side where he has placed the similar motif. The flowers or cones have been placed on a creamy green, yellow, cream mottled background. The artist has applied to the gold to the top of the green handle. The mug is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing and would look beautiful anywhere in your home.
Backstamp: CAC in pallet Belleek
Walter Scott Lenox.was born in 1859 in the "Staffordshire of America": Trenton, N.J. which became the USA's leading ceramics center and boasted some 200 potteries in the 19th century. Lenox worked as a decorator and designer for several Trenton potteries beginning in 1875 and six years later he advanced to design director for Ott & Brewer, then Willets Manufacturing. Both firms eventually failed and Lenox took his skills and expertise and established The Lenox Ceramic Art Company in 1889. From the outset it was organized as an art studio, rather than a factory, and offered one-of-a-kind artwares in lustrous ivory china, rather than a full line of ceramics. The exquisitely painted and modeled vases, pitchers, and tea sets, produced at first by just 18 employees, were met with an enthusiastic reception and carried in the most exclusive shops. By 1897 examples of Lenox's work were included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
Measures: 7 ½" H x 6 W with handle
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