Jug

Object Number: 
1937.821
Date: 
1802-1819
Medium: 
Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 10 in. ( 38.1 x 25.4 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on front: "COMMERAW'S / STONEWARE / NEW YORK"
Description: 
Salt-glazed stoneware jug with impressed maker's mark and decorated with impressed crescents and leaves painted with cobalt blue.
Gallery Label: 
Scholars long assumed that stoneware potter Thomas W. Commeraw was of European descent. Recent research, however, shows that he was a free African American. His pottery was located at Corlear's Hook on the East River, near today's Chinatown. It produced utilitarian storage vessels like this jug from 1797 to 1819. Commeraw was involved in the antislavery movement, and in 1820 he traveled to Sierra Leone as an advocate for the American Colonization Society, which promoted the "return" of free African Americans to Africa.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group