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China painting swept across America in the late nineteenth century as one of the most prevalent decorative pottery techniques, especially among young women. Considered a respectable form of work and creative outlet for women, china painting incorporated the element of hand craft that helped elevate standards of design during a period of mass production and industrialism. The technique of china painting could be done conveniently at home or in large pottery settings. Also known as “mineral painting,” after its materials, a china painter used enamels, low firing colors produced from various mineral-oxides, as a “painting” medium on pre-fired porcelain white porcelain, also known as blanks. These blank porcelain pieces were often imported from European countries, France and Germany in particular, and came in a variety of dinner ware forms and vases. The china painting technique of decorating porcelain was popularized in America by the highly influential Englishman, Edward Lycett. Trained as a potter in the English tradition at Spode pottery in Staffordshire, England, Lycett moved to America in 1861, where he almost immediately gained prestigious commissions for the White House and Tiffany & Co. His devotion to experimenting with materials and teaching pottery techniques across the country established Edward Lycett as the “pioneer of china painting in America” during his own lifetime. Ultimately, the creativity fostered by the china painting movement and the influence of Edward Lycett launched the American ceramic industry towards new and exciting avenues of decorative pottery.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Vase
vase
Date made
1879 - 1900
date made
ca. 1890-1900
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
porcelain (overall material)
white (overall color)
gold (overall color)
blue (overall color)
pink (overall color)
red (overall color)
molded (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 19.355 cm x 15.545 cm; 7 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in
average spatial: 19.3 cm x 15.6 cm; 7 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in
overall: 7 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in; 19.05 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
1990.0325.01
catalog number
1990.0325.01
accession number
1990.0325
Credit Line
Laura St. A. Keller
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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