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Batter pitcher

Object Number: 
1937.587
Date: 
1798
Medium: 
Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 x 8 1/2 in. ( 27.9 x 21.6 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed: by hand around belly: "New York Feby 17th. 1798 / Flowered by Clarkson Crolius / Blue"
Description: 
Salt-glazed stoneware batter pitcher with stamped flowers, incised leaves decorated with cobalt blue, and maker's name and date hand inscribed across belly.
Gallery Label: 
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.
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