About this artwork
Belleek, a type of Parian porcelain, was popularized in the United States during the 1870s, although it originated in Ireland. Typically characterized by eggshell-thin walls and an ivory-colored body, Belleek was suitable for small decorative objects such as this vase. Made by Ott and Brewer, the New Jersey company that first made American Belleek, this unusual square-neck vase displays a rare, iridescent olive-green glaze complemented by the delicately painted, Japanese-inspired decoration popularized by the Aesthetic movement.
- Ott and Brewer (Manufacturer)
- c. 1882–1890
- Marked on bottom: Ott & Brewer/Belleek with Single Crown dissected by sword
- H.: 23.9 cm (9 3/4 in.)
- Restricted gift of Mrs. Harold T. Martin