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Object Name: Pot
Date: 1855-1874
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Medium: Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions: Overall: 10 x 11 1/2 in. ( 25.4 x 29.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Norwalk
Description: Salt-glazed stoneware two-handled pot with impressed and painted maker's mark and decorated with cobalt blue flower on front belly.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.832
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Marks: impressed: beneath rim: "A. E. SMITH & SONS, / MANUFACTURERS, / 38 PECK SLIP, N. Y."

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Asa E. Smith (1798-1880) founded the Smith pottery, later the Smith & Day pottery, A.E. Smith & Sons, and A.E. Smith’s Sons’ Pottery Co., in 1825. The pottery crafted and sold jars, jugs, plates, and pitchers until it became insolvent in 1887. In 1888 the pottery was sold to the Norwalk Pottery Company.

All of the stoneware jars and churns are stamped “A.E. Smith & Sons, Manufacturers, 38 Peck Slip, N.Y.” This mark was used by the pottery from 1855-1874. Though the factory was located in Norwalk, Connecticut, all of the finished products were stored at the company warehouse at 38 Peck Slip, New York, before being shipped to various customers all over the United States.

Provenance:

The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman