Vase Decorator: M. B. G. (American)
Manufacturer: Faience Manufacturing Company (1881–1892)

June 1891

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

During the late nineteenth century, china painting grew in popularity as a socially acceptable vocation for women and as a pastime for members of the leisure class. The fashionable Faience Manufacturing Company sold blank forms for novice painters to embellish, including this Moorish-style covered vase signed with the initials M. B. G. The skillfully rendered roses cascading around the body of the vase show the influence of Japanese prints and porcelains.


Soft-paste porcelain with painted decoration and gilding


18 × 8 1/4in. (45.72 × 20.955 cm)
Diam. foot: 5 3/16in. (13.1 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy Stiner

Accession Number



19th century


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Inherited by Nancy Stiner from parents Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Weiner
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 48, 351, pl. 21
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," in "Photography at Yale," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 209
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Object/Work type



Impressed "1129" on underside of foot rim.


"M. B. G./June 1891." in reddish brown paint on underside.

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