John Bennett ( American, 1840 - 1907 )
With its warm, contrasting colors and stylized, nature-inspired decoration, this charger reflects the growing interest in the art of Japan during the late 1870s. John Bennett was an important figure in the 19th-century ceramics industry. His work was introduced to the United States by the impressive display presented by the English firm of Royal Doulton at the 1876 Philadelphia World's Fair. In 1877, the Society of Decorative Arts in New York brought Bennett to the United States. Although active in New York City for only five years before retiring to New Jersey, Bennett produced many fine ceramics during this brief period, including this example.