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Object Name: Cuspidor (or spittoon)
Date: 1853-1858
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Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. ( 14 x 24.8 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Bennington
Description: Molded yellowware with impressed diamond pattern around sides and flower motif on concave top around central opening; exterior decorated with green and orange splashes on mottled brown glaze (Rockingham).
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.553
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Marks: impressed: on base in oval: "UNITED STATES / POTTERY CO. / BENNINGTON, Vt" written: on adhesive collector's label attached to bottom of cuspidor: "95 / Amer"

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The United States Pottery Company (1847 - 1858) produced ornamental objects including yellow ware with Rockingham and flint enamel glazes, agate and granite wares, porcelain and parian. Technically innovative, the United States Pottery Company gained national prominence when its wares were featured in the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York City. This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.


The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman