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Manufacturer: Haviland and Company, French, active 1864-before 1941
Decorator: M. B., French, w. ca. 1875 - 1882



Earthenware with enamel painted decoration

8 × 6 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (20.32 × 16.51 × 11.43 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Melville Chapin
Haviland and Company created hand-painted earthenware employing the barbotine technique: painting colored slip directly on unfired ware prior to glazing. On this pitcher, the lush peonies and other flowers on a dark mysterious ground evoke the work of the nineteenth-century French still-life painter Henri Fantin-Latour. The Haviland display of barbotine wares at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876 earned the company popular and critical acclaim.
Made in France
On view
19th century
Containers - Ceramics

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 170, ill.

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