Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 2 x 3 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 9.5 cm )
Cylindrical salt-glazed stoneware inkwell with pattern of holes, slash decoration in cobalt around top, and maker's mark stamped on front.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
stamped: on front of inkwell: "C. CROLIUS/MANUFACTURER/MANHATTAN-WELLS/NEW-YORK"
Clarkson Crolius sold his stoneware locally but also shipped wares on boats to southern ports such as Charleston and Savannah. A Crolius inkwell like this one was recently excavated in New Orleans.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Denker, Ellen Paul. "Collector' legacies." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 176-180.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.