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Object Name: Covered pitcher
Date: 1814-1849
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Medium: Red earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 11 x 8 x 6 in. ( 27.9 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Red earthenware covered pitcher with inscribed maker's mark; decorated with sprigged flowers, leaves, acorns; domed lid has finial in the form of a squirrel eating an acorn.
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell
Object Number: 1926.16ab
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Marks: incised: on side: "Crolius / 67 Bayard / New York"

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Unlike any known pottery from the Crolius family, this pitcher stands apart in its form and decoration. There are several possible explanations: Crolius may have been imitating the folk pottery produced near the home of his ancestors in northern Germany; a potter newly arrived from Germany may have produced it in the Crolius pottery; or a customer may have ordered a piece with these specifications.

Bibliography:

Denker, Ellen Paul. "Collector' legacies." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 176-180.