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Pitcher

Artist/Maker:
Remmey, Henry
Place Made:
Baltimore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
1812-1821
Medium:
stoneware –salt-glazed
Dimensions:
HOA: 14 3/8″; WOA: 11″
Accession Number:
5813.21
Description:
This robust pitcher is attributed to Henry Remmey (1770-1865), who was born and trained as a potter in New York City and worked in Baltimore, Maryland, from1812 to1829. On the front of the pitcher is an incised bird perched on a stem with leaves and a large stylized flower. The incised decoration is then filled in with blue cobalt slip. This combination of bird and floral decoration is particular to Remmey’s pottery and relates to several of his signed examples. Remmey’s style of incised figural decoration inspired other Baltimore potters seems to have inspired such as William H. Morgan and Elisha Parr.

Salt glazing was a technique used by stoneware potters to create a glassy surface. When the pottery kiln reached over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, salt was introduced to the kiln, creating a vapor. This vapor adhered to the silica in the clay, forming a glassy appearance on the pottery. Because of the high temperature at which the pottery was fired, the clay often became non-porous, or vitrified. This, combined with the salt glazing, meant that potters did not have to apply a glaze to the interior of the vessel. It could hold liquids and not seep, unlike earthenware storage vessels.

Zipp, Luke. “Henry Remmey & Son, Late of New York: A Rediscovery of a Master Potter’s Lost Years.” CERAMICS IN AMERICA (2004): 143-156.

Zipp, Luke. “Baltimore Stoneware.” ANTIQUES AND FINE ART (Summer 2006): 154-158.

Kille, John E. “Distinguishing Marks and Flowering Designs: Baltimore’s Utilitarian Stoneware Industry.” CERAMICS IN AMERICA (2005): 93-132.

Credit Line:
The William C. and Susan S. Mariner Collection