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"Niagara Falls" Pitcher

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880, 5th Floor
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"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 43.128.56
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arthur W. Clement
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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
IMAGE overall, 43.128.56_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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