Pitcher Manufacturer: Haviland & Co. (French, active 1864–1941)
Decorator: M. B. (American, 1875–1882)


American Decorative Arts

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

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.


Earthenware with enamel painted decoration


8 × 6 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (20.32 × 16.51 × 11.43 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Melville Chapin

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


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

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Object/Work type

pitchers, utilitarian objects


Impressed on underside: "H & C/L/111/10[overstruck 1]0"; painted near the base of the side with most decoration "MB" conjoined.

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