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Wine Press

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Stoneware
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 18th century
    DIMENSIONS 13 3/8 x 14 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. (34 x 35.9 x 36.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS (1) Above each spout, impressed on banner: "AMOS SEAVEY. CHELSEA" (letters filled in with blue glaze) (2) On underside, written in white chalk: "25. [underlined]"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 50.153
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Arthur W. Clement
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION American. Wine Press, 18th century. Stoneware, 13 3/8 x 14 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. (34 x 35.9 x 36.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arthur W. Clement, 50.153. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 50.153.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Salt-glazed stoneware wine press; tan ground, molded decorations, blue glaze accents. Squat, spherical body sectioned into eight vertical sections set on round foot rim; tall cylindrical neck rises from body and flares out, ending in wide mouth with rim. Two opposing short cylindrical spouts extend from lower edge of body. On sides between spouts, handles attached flush to neck in shape of arched form with scrolled ends set above leaves. Molded decorations: around bottom edge and on border between each section, bunch of flowers. Above both spouts: eagle standing atop crest, flanked on each side by cornucopia filled with fruits, and framed above by banner impressed "AMOS SEAVEY. CHELSEA" (letters filled in with blue glaze). Around top edge below rim, hanging grape vines. CONDITION: Fair; large losses/chips around foot rim (wine press no longer sits level); chips around mouth of both spouts; large cracks around both handles, on one side, crack extends to bottom.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (74%)
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