Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 11 x 8 1/2 in. ( 27.9 x 21.6 cm )
Salt-glazed stoneware batter pitcher with stamped flowers, incised leaves decorated with cobalt blue, and maker's name and date hand inscribed across belly.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
inscribed: by hand around belly: "New York Feby 17th. 1798/Flowered by Clarkson Crolius/Blue"
Batter pitchers were generally used by women for keeping and pouring pancake batter. This elaborate piece may have been a store sample, displaying a variety of decorative techniques that customers could choose from; or, more likely, it was a lovingly designed gift made by Clarkson Crolius for his wife.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.