Overall: 10 3/4 x 9 x 8 in. ( 27.3 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm )
Pitcher molded with deer chase and boar hunt in low relief around body; grapes, vines, and leaves on tall neck; crouching hound handle; dark brown mottled glaze (Rockingham).
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
impressed: on base: "J. B. CAIRE & CO./PO'KEEPSIE, NY"
Hound-handled pitchers, usually produced in earthenware, were quite popular at mid-century. Caire's stoneware version competed with similar examples from Vermont and New Jersey manufactories. A technique known as press molding was used to form some ornate wares such as this pitcher. The potter pressed firm clay into molds to form the two halves of the pitcher and then joined the halves together at the visible seam.
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