Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019




John Bennett

(American, 1840–1907)

Earthenware with underglaze painted decoration

Diameter: 42.8 cm (16 7/8 in.); Overall: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1986.30



John Bennett was trained in England. He seems to have played a crucial role there by introducing painted decoration on ceramics at the Doulton factory in the early 1870s. Although they admired his talent, his English colleagues found Bennett had a difficult personality, and his stay at the Doulton factory was brief. By 1876 he was in New York, bringing with him the concepts of the English Aesthetic Movement: muted colors and great naturalism in the depiction of birds and flowers.

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