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Storage Jar

1841
Origin: America, Virginia, Petersburg
H: 14"
Stoneware, salt-glazed, gray with blue
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1959.900.4
A salt-glazed stoneware jar with two applied lug handles. Decorative line design in blue around rim. The vessel is ornamented in blue with floral/foliate design on one side and on the reverse the inscription, "Henry Lowndes, maker, Petersburg, Virginia, 1841."
Label:Henry Lowndes's exuberant slip-trailed signature is typical of his work and suggests that he took great pride in his wares. Lowndes was the son of potter Thomas Lowndes, who produced salt-glazed stoneware as early as 1806. When Thomas died in 1811, Henry took over the operation and ran it successfully until his death in 1842, one year after he made this storage jar.
---Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
February 2007

Stoneware and earthenware pottery was prevalent in American homes and businesses from the early days of settlement. Many items were imported, although some potters worked in America from the seventeenth century onward. American-made stoneware vessels of various shapes and sizes proliferated by the nineteenth century and were used for cooking, storage, mixing, and other tasks associated with food preparation and preservation. Larger jars were often used for hauling and storing water.
Inscription(s):Signed in script: Henry Lowndes / maker / Petersburg Virginia / 1841