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(2) Large 14" Barbotine Vases. FMCo (American) ~ Gros relief with Yellow & Salmon Roses, Poppies, foliage. ~ Faience Manufacturing Company, Greenpoint Brooklyn New York 1880-1884
The Faience Manufacturing Company,(Greenpoint) Brooklyn New York is the creator of these magnificent pieces. The background is a deep green black on the base with different shades of a light blue and cream for the background on the upper portion of the vases. Petals, buds, leaves and stems have been hand formed with the clay and applied in gross relief with the slipcasting method (please see definition below). Beautiful salmon roses are on both vases with only one having yellow colored roses. These roses are formed with the individual petals giving it a truly realistic look. Purple and white flowers are mingled amongst the roses on one vase and yellow flowers on the other. Variegated mottled leaves are placed on brown stems around the flora. The flowers and foliage give a continuous flow of decorations around the vases. The condition of these vases is remarkable for their age and the material from which they are made of. On the inside lip of the vases there is an impressed 2. There are petals and leaves that have minor chips. Each flower is intact.The main bodies of the vases are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
We can only post 9 picture so if you would like more detail of the condition we would be happy to send you additional pictures. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE EARTHENWARE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
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 colour 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 moulds 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.
Backstamp: impressed FMC 248 on one vase it has 748.3295.1 The other vase has an impressed FMC 248 2 WITH 748.3295.2
Measures: 14 ½" H
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