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Kenilworth Pitcher, ca. 1891

This is a Pitcher. It was manufactured by Henry Alcock & Co.. It is dated ca. 1891 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These ceramic objects are examples of the types of aesthetically sophisticated wares available to those with a modest income. All feature elements of Japanese design vocabulary: cranes, flowering branches, fans, mountainous landscapes, arabesque patterns, medallions, cross-hatched decoration, waves, an asymmetrical arrangement, and more.

This object was donated by Brooklyn Museum. It is credited Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 22.8 x 21.8 x 13.2 cm (9 x 8 9/16 x 5 3/16in.)

It has the following markings

On base, partially rubbed: "KENILWO[...] / H. ALC[...] / COBR[...] / ENGL[...]; raised impression: diamond shaped sheild with illegible text; scratched: "30"

Cite this object as

Kenilworth Pitcher, ca. 1891; Manufactured by Henry Alcock & Co. (United Kingdom); England; glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration; H x W x D: 22.8 x 21.8 x 13.2 cm (9 x 8 9/16 x 5 3/16in.); Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection; 1999-42-6

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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