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Covered pitcher

Object Number: 
1926.16ab
Date: 
1814-1849
Medium: 
Red earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 x 8 x 6 in. ( 27.9 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
incised: on side: "Crolius / 67 Bayard / New York"
Description: 
Red earthenware covered pitcher with inscribed maker's mark; decorated with sprigged flowers, leaves, acorns; domed lid has finial in the form of a squirrel eating an acorn.
Gallery Label: 
Unlike any known pottery from the Crolius family, this pitcher stands apart in its form and decoration. There are several possible explanations: Crolius may have been imitating the folk pottery produced near the home of his ancestors in northern Germany; a potter newly arrived from Germany may have produced it in the Crolius pottery; or a customer may have ordered a piece with these specifications.
Bibliography: 
Denker, Ellen Paul. "Collector' legacies." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 176-180.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John E. Stillwell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group