Made by American Pottery Manufacturing Company / Pitcher / ca. 1835-1845Made by American Pottery Manufacturing Company
ca. 1835-1845

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Creator Name: American Pottery Manufacturing Company
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: Jersey City, New Jersey, 1833-1845
Creator Name-CRT: Made by American Pottery Manufacturing Company
Title: Pitcher
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1835
Creation End Date: 1845
Creation Date: ca. 1835-1845
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic, american earthenware
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 7 in. (24.5 x 23.2 x 17.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1992.230
Credit Line: Gift of Maude B. Feld and Samuel B. Feld, 1992

In 1828 two Scotsmen David and James Henderson took over the defunct Jersey Porcelain and Earthenware Company in Jersey City, New Jersey, to fabricate fine earthenwares that resembled those made in England. Such mid-range wares were imported into America in large quantities. The Jersey City factory relied heavily on English workers, designs and factory practices. Many of the firm's products, pitchers, in particular, virtually replicate their Staffordshire counterparts. The Hendersons reorganized in 1833, renaming their firm the American Pottery manufacturing company, whose mark appears on the underside of this pitcher. The overall form of the pitcher is based on English models, yet the relief decoration of thistles appears to be uniquely American, the motif perhaps a reference to the proprietors' native country. The stippled background calls to mind patterns in lacy pressed glass of the same time period.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.230
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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