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Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company

Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company

Mint Museum RANDOLPH Sep 17 2011-Feb 26 2012   /  Edward Lycett was an English china painter who became artistic director of the Faience Manufacturing Company, leading it to commercial and artistic success with vivid and intricate art pottery.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

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 apogee 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. Elite retailers on the East and West coasts, including Tiffany & Company, promoted the firm’s wares.

This exhibition includes more than 40 objects drawn from public and private collections. Plaques, plates, ewers, vases, and decorative wares will illustrate Lycett’s talent and adaptability to stylistic change over the course of his nearly 50‐year career. In addition, Lycett’s formula books, family photographs, and ephemera further illuminate the life and work of this prominent figure in American ceramic history.

For more information on the works in this exhibition, go to the Mint Wiki and select the link to the exhibition. The Mint Wiki is a service of The Mint Museum Library.