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Storage Jar

ca. 1750
Origin: England, London
Stoneware, salt-glazed, brown
Gift of Mr. Ricks Wilson
Acc. No. 1975-339
Brown salt-glazed stoneware storage jar. This jar was dipped in an iron oxide wash to create a dark brown band around the top half of the vessel, while the bottom half was left light brown. Ovoid shape with narrow foot and high rounded shoulders tapering to a more narrow, banded neck and rim.
Label:This brown stoneware vessel is essentially gray-colored clay with a thin wash of iron oxide, a common technique on stoneware in England and parts of Germany. Storage jars of this type were made in the thousands and imported into America throughout the eighteenth century. They were intended to store liquid or dry foodstuffs such as pickles and flour.
---Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, February 2007