John Bennett was not only a leading ceramicist in the Aesthetic Movement style but a social reformer as well. With the support of his employer Henry Doulton, he established the Faience Department within Doulton Pottery to teach women china painting. This allowed women to gain a degree of economic independence in an era when they could not vote or readily own property.
The decoration on Bennett’s English pottery is tightly rendered. In the New York piece seen here his style became freer and impressionistic in response to the seemingly endless possibilities of the New World.
Height: 10 1/16 in. - diameter: 6 15/16 in. (show scale)
hand-painted under glaze: "JBennett / 412 E 24 / N.Y." on bottom of vase.
Purchased with funds given by Emma and Jay Lewis and H. Randolph Lever Fund
Vase, glazed white-bodied earthenware. Squat baluster shape with elongated neck and flared rim. Mottled blue ground with dark olive green leaves and dark pink and white cherry blossoms in asymmetrical pattern on lower 2/3 of vase. Interior mottled blue/green color.
CONDITION- Small firing flaw to neck and bulbous curve of body.
This item is not on view
John Bennett (English, 1840-1907, active United States 1878-1883). Vase, ca. 1880. Glazed earthenware, Height: 10 1/16 in. - diameter: 6 15/16 in. Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Emma and Jay Lewis and H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1990.159.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.159.1_bw.jpg)
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