Six Quart Pitcher

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1852-1894

GUSN

GUSN-28210

Description

Hound-handled pitcher. Body of pitcher has a scene in relief of stags being chased by hounds. Brown glaze with yellow highlights.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pitchers (vessels)
stoneware (pottery)
enamel (fused coating)
ceramic glaze
figure- and animal-derived motifs
dog (animal)
stags
Vessel, Drink Serving
Pitcher
Stoneware
Flint Enamel Glaze
Hound
Stag
Pitcher

Label

"Cherished Possessions": This so-called hound-handled pitcher represents the type of product for which the potteries of Bennington, Vermont, are justifiably famous. Pottery making, like so many crafts, underwent a radical transformation in the nineteenth century, and the new industries produced considerable high-quality goods. Bennington's pottery business was established in the 1780s by Captain John Norton, who began supplementing his income as a farmer by exchanging handmade pots for pigs or for help on the farm. By the middle of the nineteenth century Norton's grandsons' pottery was huge, consuming seven hundred tons of clay annually and producing $35,000 worth of wares.

Maker

Possibly United States Pottery Co. (Maker)
Possibly Norton Pottery (Maker)

Object Type

Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels

Dimensions

11 1/2 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Dwight W. Ensign

Accession Number

1918.642

Places

Vermont (United States)
New Jersey (United States)
Bennington (Bennington county, Vermont)