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Four-Gallon Storage jar

1817-1837
Origin: America, Virginia, Richmond
H: 15 3/8"; W at rim: 7 1/2"; W at base: 7 3/16"; W at widest point: 11 7/8"
Stoneware, salt-glazed, gray
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2005.900.5
Four-gallon ovoid salt-glazed stoneware storage jar with pronounced squared off rim, curved neck with raised rim termination intersecting with highlty placed crescent shaped extruded handles on both sides of the vessel embellished with blue floral designs on either side. The capacity mark "4" is painted in blue under each handle. Stamped into the side with blue decoration painted over it, "Richmond Factory/Virga/J.P.Schermerhorn"
Label:Few of John P. Schermerhorn's known vessels are marked, but scholars have recently identified many of his stoneware pots based on their common construction techniques and designs. Schermerhorn stamped his pieces instead of using a flourished signature like Lowndes did. This jar is also decorated with cobalt blue floral motifs similar to those on the reverse of the Lowndes piece.
---Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
February 2007
Mark(s):Stamped into the side with blue decoration painted over it, "Richmond Factory/Virga/J.P.Schermerhorn"