Jar and Lid
Decorative Arts and Design
a-jar: 8 x 9 1/2 x 7 in. (20.3 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm)
b-lid: 4 1/2 x 7 x 5 in. (11.4 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Paul F. Walter
Jar (a) with lid (b), glazed earthenware. Both jar and lid are octagonal, molded forms with applied handles. The larger, center panels of the jar feature raised double trefoil gothic arches. The four flanking panels have a similar design but have single arches rather than double. The two side panels are void of design. The base and rim are stepped, with the rim flaring out slightly. The handles are angular and echo the overall "gothic" design of the jar. The lid (b) has a stepped or three tiered design. There are nine trefoil florets along the center tier. The upper tier has a scrolling laurel border. The applied handle, located at the top center of the lid is similar in design to the handles on the jar (a). Both jar and lid have a brown manganese/ Bennington Rockingham glaze.
History: Barret pictures an item identical to this one as having been manufactured by a Bennington pottery firm. The BMA item, however, is unsigned and an exact origin cannot be firmly concluded, though it is most likely Bennington. It is possible that the form was of English origin, and was copied by an American firm.
Maker: Exact firm unknown (possibly Fenton-directed firm--perhaps Lyman, Fenton, &Co.)
Condition: Both jar (a) and lid (b) are in overall good condition. Inner lip of jar has severe chips and abrasions from use. Inner lip of lid has one large chip and various abrasions. Abrasions and chips on both have accumulated surface dirt.
Catalogued by Judith Pineiro 2-22-2000
Entered by Kendra Weisbin 2-10-2005
This item is not on view
Unknown. Jar and Lid, 1847-1858. Glazed earthenware, a-jar: 8 x 9 1/2 x 7 in. (20.3 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.108.19a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1999.108.19a.jpg)
component, overall, CUR.1999.108.19a.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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