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Storage Jar

1797-1798
Origin: America, New York, Manhattan
Overall: 8 15/16 x 7 11/16 x 7 5/8in. (22.7 x 19.5 x 19.4cm)
Stoneware, salt-glazed, gray with blue
Gift of Marvin (Joe) and Nancy Stone
Acc. No. 2009.900.2
Ovoid shaped storage jar with impressed swags and tassels on the shoulders of the jar, typical of late Federal embellishment. The decoration is filled in with blue. There are bands of incised lines around the shoulders and base. The rim is irregular, a characteristic caused by firing and there are several small blow-outs in the body where inclusions in the clay exploded during firing. These imperfections do not affect the overall appearance of the piece. There are stamped letters on both sides of the vessel. One side reads, "COMMERAWS/STONEWARE" and the other reads, "CORLEARS/HOOK". The S at the end of Commeraws is stamped backwards as is the N in stoneware.
Label:Thomas H. Commereau, a free African-American potter, established his stoneware kiln on the East River in Manhattan at Corlear's Hook in 1797. He operated it for only one year before David Morgan took over the pottery. Commereau returned to take over the kiln again in 1802 and ran the pottery until 1819, although he appears infrequently in the records after 1811.
Provenance:This piece came from Nancy Stone's father's family; he was Wilbur Sprott and lived in W. Nyack, NY.