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Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection

Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection

A copiously illustrated and scholarly analysis of the single most important collection of 19th century American decorated stoneware. The book is a careful study of ordinary forms and their humble, utilitarian purposes that became vessels for an expression of a person, of a place, or of an event. What started out as an everyday ware was transformed into a work of art and the decorative designs in cobalt blue afford insight into and reflect life in 19th century America.


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A copiously illustrated and scholarly analysis of the single most important collection of 19th century American decorated stoneware. The book is a careful study of ordinary forms and their humble, utilitarian purposes that became vessels for an expression of a person, of a place, or of an event. What started out as an everyday ware was transformed into a work of art and the decorative designs in cobalt blue afford insight into and reflect life in 19th century America. Sometimes commemorative and other times humorous, whimsical, or provocative, the book's 230 examples and 340 color photographs fully illustrate the variety of decorative folk art imagery, the range of potters and potteries, the broader historical context of manufacturing and transportation, and an important American tradition with regional practices. Senior historian emeritus John L. Scherer's engaging and authoritative text, in tandem with the profuse illustrations, leads to greater understanding of these remarkable works.

Published by the New York State Museum and distributed by RIT Press.

 

Details

Publisher: The New York State Museum (09/2015)
ISBN-10: 1-55557-276-6
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 296
Illustrations: 340 color
Size: 10.5 x 14.5 in.
Shipping Weight: 4lb

Table of Contents

Director’s Message – 11
Acknowledgments – 13
Introduction – 15-17

Manhattan
John Crolius, John Crolius Jr., Clarkson Crolius, and Clarkson Crolius Jr. – 21
John Remmey III and Henry Remmey – 33
Thomas Commeraw – 39
Little West 12th Street Pottery – 42
 

Mid-Hudson Valley
John B. Caire and Company, Poughkeepsie – 56
Weston Pottery, Ellenville – 62
Hudson Pottery Company, Hudson – 63
Clark Pottery, Athens – 64

Upper Hudson Valley
Paul Cushman, Albany – 69
Jonah and Calvin Boynton, Albany – 75
Tyler and Dillon, Albany – 80
George Nash, Albany and Utica – 83
Albany Stoneware Factory, Albany – 85
Israel Seymour, Troy – 87
William Lundy, Troy – 90
William E. Warner, West Troy – 92
West Troy Pottery, West Troy – 98
James Reiley, Lansingburgh – 106
Galesville Pottery, Easton – 108
Fort Edward Potteries, Fort Edward – 110

Central New York
Brayton and Kellogg, and White’s Pottery, Utica – 127
Peel H. Webster and John C. Waelde, North Bay – 142
William H. Farrar, and Hubbell and Chesebro, Geddes – 144
Samuel Hart, Fulton – 150
James Hart, Sherburne – 152

South Central New York
Thomas D. Chollar and Madison Woodruff, Cortland – 157
William Roberts, Binghamton – 164
James Macumber, Ithaca – 167
Henry M. Whitman and Albert O. Whittemore, Havana (now Montour Falls) – 168
James Mantell, Penn Yan – 176

Western New York
George G. Williams and Company, Nathan Clark and Company, and Thompson Harrington, Lyons – 183
Nathan Clark and Company, Thompson Harrington, John Burger, and John Burger Jr., Rochester – 194
Frederick Stetzenmeyer, Rochester – 213
Charles W. Braun, Buffalo – 216

Vermont
Norton Pottery, Bennington – 223
Leander Fenton and Frederick Hancock, St. Johnsbury – 248

Farther Afield
Potteries of Norwich, Connecticut – 253
Daniel Goodale Jr., Hartford, Connecticut – 256
Jonathan Fenton and Frederick Carpenter, Boston, Massachusetts – 260
Edmands and Company, Charlestown, Massachusetts – 261
Frank B. Norton and Company, Worcester, Massachusetts – 262
Fulper Pottery, Flemington, New Jersey – 265
John M. Pruden and Augustus Olcott, Elizabeth, New Jersey – 268
Frank Hamilton and John Jones, Greensboro, Pennsylvania – 269
John Wallace Cowden and Isaac J. Wilcox, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – 270
Franklin P. Goold, Brantford, Ontario, Canada – 271
Unknown Manufacturer – 275

Bibliography – 284-285
Index – 286-29

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