About this artwork
In 1884 Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company hired English ceramist Edward Lycett to revitalize its commercially stagnant wares. The decorative scene of a chicken and rooster strutting among raspberry vines on a bright blue background recalls Chinese ceramics, as well as the work of French artist-potter Théodore Deck, in the polychromatic, overglazed decoration with multiple textures. Lycett transformed the artistic identity of the firm by experimenting with clay bodies and glazes, creating works on a monumental scale, and refining designs based on the Aesthetic movement—a combination of Japanese, Chinese, and Near Eastern motifs.
- Edward Lycett
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- c. 1886–1890
- Marked: "FMCo" monogram; stamped: "R. A. ELLISON / 534 LA GUARDIA PL / NY, NY 10012" (in ink, on base)
- 56.5 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm (22 1/4 × 9 × 9 in.)
- Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society