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Georgia Museum of Art to exhibit 30 pieces of Lycett china

Lycett china plate with girl-h.portrait
William Lycett's large plate with flowers and transfer of photograph of girl will be on display with other Lycett china at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.  

Athens, Ga. – The exhibition “Lycett China” will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia Dec. 3 through March 4 in the museum’s 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 will feature 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 will be 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, GMOA’s 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 GMOA’s sixth Henry D. Green Symposium for the Decorative Arts Feb. 2-4.

The exhibition is sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Museum information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located at 90 Carlton Street in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. For more information, including hours, see or call 706/542-4662.