The Ceramic Art Company was founded by two porcelain artisans, Jonathan Coxon and Walter Lenox, working in the Trenton, New Jersey area during the height of the American Belleek years. In 1889 they formed the Ceramic Art Company (CAC), to realize their own vision of Belleek production. Coxon left CAC in 1896, which continued to thrive under Lenox's tireless stewardship. By 1897, the company's catalog listed as many as 300 different items available for the public. Even though Lenox was stricken by a serious illness that eventually left him blind and paralyzed, he maintained a firm hand on the company's operations. In 1900, he decided to expand CAC's product line to include tableware. In 1905 he hired Frank Holmes as CAC's chief designer, and in 1906 he changed the company's name to Lenox China. Over the years, Holmes was appointed to design three sets of White House China: one set for Woodrow Wilson in 1918 one set for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934, and one set for Harry S. Truman in 1951.
We have a lovely antique American porcelain hand painted Ceramic Art Company CAC tankard decorated with a repeating pattern of fanciful lavender/mauve and white peacocks set against a painted metallic background of gold and bronze. The overall effect of the antique American porcelain piece is quite striking! The backstamp on this antique American porcelain tankard is the one used by Ceramic Art Company CAC from 1894 until 1906, when the company name was changed to Lenox. The tankard stands 7-1/4" tall, with a top rim that is 3-1/8" in diameter, and a base that is 4" in diameter. This lovely and decorative antique American porcelain tankard is in excellent condition, with no nicks, chips, cracks, crazing or discoloration. A beautiful example of antique American porcelain, produced by the American Belleek producer that soon became the world-renowned Lenox Company. This 100+ year old antique American porcelain tankard would make an excellent addition to any antique American porcelain or American Belleek collection!