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Vase (Selb, Bavaria and Massachusetts, decorated about 1906–27)

Porcelain blank having a historically-derived border design that has been etched into the body; high karat gilding covers the surface.


Stamped on base in green glaze: "R. C." with crossed swords intersecting the "R" and "C." A crown is above the swords and the word "BAVARIA" appears below. The incised number "5 1/1" is near the edge of the base. No artist signature.


The artist, Onata North (1871-1946) and her husband, Charles N. Fitts (1870-1945), m. 1897, to their daughter, Doris Lincoln Fitts (b. 1900); to her daughter, Barbara Smith Barnett; to MFA, 2002, gift of Barbara Smith Barnett.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Onata North Fitts by her daughter, Doris Fitts Smith and her granddaughter, Barbara Smith Barnett

American, 1906–27

Object Place

Brookline or Newton, Massachusetts


H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diameter (widest): 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); Diameter rim: 2 1/8 in. (5.2 cm).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etched and gilded porcelain




Ceramics, Porcelain