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Lotus Ware Pitcher

Lotus Ware Pitcher

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Like many other pottery manufacturers in Ohio, Knowles, Taylor & Knowles began making Rockingham and yellow ware pottery. It wasn’t until nearly eight years later that they began producing ironstone tea sets, dinner services, toilet ware, cooking ware, accessory pieces, and pitchers with Britannia lids. In 1890, after rebuilding from a destructive fire, Knowles, Taylor & Knowles produced a very fine translucent bone china line they named Lotus Ware as an attempt to compete with the soft paste porcelain wares from Europe. Although in production for only a short amount of time, Lotus Ware offers an elaborate display of applied and hand painted decorations on a wide variety of shapes and objects. Many are decorated with delicate open-work lace designs, or “filigree”, colorful “jeweling,” and high relief leaves and flowers. The cost of producing Lotus Ware became too much for the company, however, and in 1898 they were forced to discontinue the line.
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Object Name
date made
place made
United States: Ohio, East Liverpool
Physical Description
green (overall color)
polychrome (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, bone china (overall material)
gilt (overall production method/technique)
overall: 9 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 23.495 cm x 16.51 cm
overall: 9 7/16 in x 6 1/2 in; 23.97125 cm x 16.51 cm
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Credit Line
Heloise B. Power
Art Pottery
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