Odell and Booth Brothers
Tarrytown, New York
Pair of lentoid vases, 1880–84
Earthenware with underglaze slip decoration
8 1/2 in. high x 7 3/4 in. wide
Purchase 1983 Louis Bamberger Bequest Fund
The firm of Charles M. Odell and Walter and Henry Booth produced art pottery in the French Japanesque mode. This rare pare of vases would have been seen as Japanese in both form and decoration. Their carefully balanced asymmetry, mottled neutral background and evident brushstrokes all emulate the “Limoges” style of decoration perfected by Ernest Chaplet in Limoges, France. Also referred to as “barbotine” decoration, the Limoges technique allowed for thick, textured decoration that was dramatically unlike the smooth surface achieved by painting with enamels.