PLEASE NOTE : The art pottery of FMC is truly a piece of American history. I say this because so few pieces come to market each year.
If you are new to collecting pottery this is an opportunity to own an example from FMC rarely seen in this size.
We decided to sell this little vase to give someone a chance to own a piece made by FMC that is affordable and could be displayed on even the smallest table or shelf.
This vase is the perfect size to fit in that little spot you were saving for something! The background is a wonderful blue and Black with different shades of blue accenting throughout the background. Petals, leaves and stems have been formed with the clay and applied in gros relief with the slipcasting method (please see definition below). The larger flower formed in the design of an open yellow rose with a black center. The smaller flowers accenting these vases have similar coloring. Green and brown mottled leaves are placed on stems around the flora. The condition of this vase is remarkable for their age and the material from which they are made of. There are parts of the raised barbotine pieces that have chips and flakes, please see pictures.
FMC (Faience Manufacturing Co) Mold 318 ~ 4” Tall
There is a note that came with this piece that says To Amelia Dullin (Mrs Seth M. Trescott) from Aunt Sophie Greener 1890 when it was given as a gift. Since it was dated 1890 we can only assume it went in this vase. There is also a family history included with the vase as found on a Google search. The family arrived in New York in 1845 from Worms, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. Father Jacob Greener was a piano manufacturer,
building under the name of Eliason,Greener & Co.
Barbotine is the French for ceramic slip, or a mixture of clay and water used for molding or decorating pottery. In English the term is used for two different techniques. In the first, common from the Ancient World onwards, the barbotine is piped onto the object rather as cakes are decorated with icing, using a quill, horn, or other kind of nozzle. The slip would normally be in a contrasting color to the rest of the vessel, and forms a pattern, or inscription, that is slightly raised above the main surface.
The second technique is a term for slipcasting, "couler en barbotine" in French. "Barbotine pottery" is sometimes used for 19th century French and American pottery with added slipcast decoration. Slip or barbotine is cast in molds to form three-dimensional decorative sections which when dried out are added to the main vessel. Typically, these might be flowers, fruit, or small animals.
During the 1880s, the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881‐1892) earned praise for producing ornamental ceramics that “surpassed everything previously produced in this country.” These bold and eclectic wares display a synthesis of Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic Movement style. The firm owed its artistic and commercial success to Edward Lycett, an English china painter who became its artistic director in 1884, having successfully practiced his craft after immigrating to New York City in 1861. Lycett reached his creative pinnacle at the Faience Manufacturing Company, where he experimented with ceramic bodies and glazes and designed opulent wares. He supervised a team of talented artists, including James Callowhill of the English firm Worcester Royal Porcelain, who decorated the vessels with exotic motives in vibrant hues and costly gold‐paste. His wares were sold under contract with Tiffany & Co. during the 1880s.
Backstamp: FMCo 318
Measures: 4” H x 5” W
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