Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 11 x 8 1/2 in. ( 27.9 x 21.6 cm )
inscribed: by hand around belly: "New York Feby 17th. 1798 / Flowered by Clarkson Crolius / Blue"
Salt-glazed stoneware batter pitcher with stamped flowers, incised leaves decorated with cobalt blue, and maker's name and date hand inscribed across belly.
Batter pitchers were generally used by women for keeping and pouring pancake batter. This elaborate piece may have been a store sample, displaying a variety of decorative techniques that customers could choose from; or, more likely, it was a lovingly designed gift made by Clarkson Crolius for his wife.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.