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"Niagara Falls" Pitcher

Decorative Arts and Design

This evocative pitcher, which illusionistically depicts the rushing water of Niagara Falls, is a rare example of an American ceramic maker responding to the consumer demand for depictions of the natural wonders of the New World.
MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES ca. 1855
DIMENSIONS Height: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) Diameter of base: 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Scroll shield enclosing "United States Potter Co. Bennington, Vermont"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arthur W. Clement
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION White porcelain pitcher with Niagara Falls design, oval shaped base, slightly crimped mouth, sides of pitcher designed in relief to represent water falling over rocks, design under spout of trees and rocks, rustic handle. Condition: Good.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION United States Pottery Company. "Niagara Falls" Pitcher, ca. 1855. Porcelain, Height: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arthur W. Clement, 43.128.56. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.128.56_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 43.128.56_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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