Jar

Jar
Jar
Title
Jar
Date 
1797-1819
Medium 
Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions 
Overall: 13 x 8 in. ( 33 x 20.3 cm )
Description 
Salt-glazed stoneware jar with impressed maker's mark and decorated with impressed cobalt blue swag motif around upper.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Object Number 
1927.84
Marks 
impressed: on both sides: "COMMERAW'S/STONEWARE"; "N. YORK/HOOK/CORLEARS"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group