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

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Covered Vase, circa 1887 Cream-colored Earthenware Painted Over Ivory Glazed and Luster Ground With Polychrome Enamels and Flat Gold Decoration © Courtesy of University of Richmond Museums
Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
May 3rd, 2012 - June 16th, 2013
Opening: May 3rd, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Wed, Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-10
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ceramics

DESCRIPTION

This exhibition highlights the nearly fifty-year career of ceramicist Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910), creative director of the Faience Manufacturing Company from 1884 to 1890. The range of works illustrates Lycett’s talent and adaptability to stylistic changes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as his vision for Faience, a company based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that earned acclaim for producing ornamental wares that introduced a new standard of excellence in American ceramics. These bold and eclectic pieces synthesized Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic movement and were sold in the United States’ foremost art ware emporiums, including Tiffany & Company.

Among the ceramics on view are 39 Faience pieces, including a number of large-scale vases. Also on view are Lycett’s formula books, family photographs, and other ephemera; rare examples of ceramic works by his three sons; and other Brooklyn-made ceramics from the Museum’s collection.