Hartford Faience exhibits at the first Clay Products Exhibition in Chicago

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Brick and Clay Record

Chicago, IL, United States
vol. 40, no. 6, p. 261-2, col. 2, 1

The most remarkable interest was shown in the exhibit of the Hartford porcelain cameos exhibited by the Hartford Faience Co. These little specimens of fine art in clay were on sale and proved very popular, many being carried away as souvenirs.


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The process of their manufacture is a secret of the Hartford Co. and they are the only thing of the kind produced in this country. Mr. Francis G. Plant, art director of the company, was in charge of the Hartford Faience Co. exhibit throughout the Exposition.

He stated that he was surprised and pleased at the large number of architects from many states, who visited the Exposition and expressed surprise at the remarkable variety of architectural effects to be derived from the use of burned clay products.

The exhibit of the Hartford Faience Co. included some remarkable and novel examples of their products, among which was a reproduction of a faience lantern for the entrance to the estate of Commodore F. G. Bourne, Oakdale, Long Island. Other exhibits included a wall fountain which was a duplicate of the one executed in various colors for the Y. M. C. A. at Norfolk, Va. The company also exhibited five large sections of faience tile floor schemes which showed the great possibility of how floors of all kinds may be made more artistic and attractive and absolutely fireproof.

This company, by the extent of their exhibit, showed the visitors to the Exposition that in the interior and exterior decoration of architecture in general they are fitted to handle all kinds of faience work.


Keywords:Hartford Faience Company
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Researcher:Elton Gish
Date completed:December 25, 2013 by: Elton Gish;