The exhibition Lycett China is on display at the Georgia Museum of Art
at the University of Georgia through March 4 in the museums Martha Thompson Dinos Gallery.
Edward Lycett was a porcelain painter who emigrated from Great Britain to New York in 1861. By the early 1880s, his son William and his family had settled in Atlanta and opened a studio devoted to porcelain decoration.
The exhibition features close to 30 pieces of china from the Atlanta studio. Although the Lycett firm is best known for its white china with gold trim, most of the pieces that are featured in the exhibition are paint decorated.
Lycett china was a staple among upper-middle-class Georgia society. The painted and gilded china the Lycett firm produced became common in numerous Georgia households of the late 19th and early 20th century, said Dale Couch, GMOAs adjunct curator of decorative arts, who organized the exhibition with independent scholar Michelle Miller.
The Lycett firm trained young women in the craft of porcelain decoration as a leisure activity. They also employed women who needed to make a living.
The painted porcelain met national and international standards of quality, Couch said. The china displays several sources of influence including Japanese, the aesthetic period and Sevres styles.
Miller will deliver a presentation on Lycett china at GMOAs sixth Henry D. Green Symposium for the Decorative Arts Feb. 2-4.