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Pitcher

Artist/Maker:
Herrmann, Peter
Place Made:
Baltimore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
1850-1860
Medium:
salt glazed –stoneware
Dimensions:
HOA: 12″; WOA: 8 1/2″
Accession Number:
5813.36
Description:
Though much of Peter Herrmann’s pottery that survives intact is salt glazed and embellished with brushed cobalt blue decorations, such as this pitcher with a flower on the front, much of his work was undecorated, salt-glazed stoneware. With a high collar and pulled handle, this pitcher is stamped “P. HERRMANN / 1 ½ g.” The numeral on the stamp indicates the gallon capacity of the piece. This form is related to his pre-1860 Baltimore pottery.

MAKER: Peter Herrmann (1825-1901) immigrated to the port city of Baltimore in 1844 from Bremen, Germany. In 1855 he was identified as a potter in the City Directory, though it is likely he was making pottery prior to that. He continued making pottery through 1899, two years prior to his death.

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