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Object Number: 
Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 10 1/2 x 6 in. ( 26.7 x 15.2 cm )
impressed: on front: "W. SMITH/ GREENWICH/ NEW YORK"
Salt-glazed stoneware jar impressed with the maker's mark and decorated with cobalt blue slashes.
Gallery Label: 

The shoulder of this jar is impressed with the elusive maker's mark of Manhattan, New York potter, Washington Smith, within an oval border. According to William Ketchum's Potters and Potteries of New York State, 1650-1900, "Though Washington Smith made stoneware in Manhattan from 1833 until 1861, relatively few of his marked pieces have been identified" (Ketchum, p. 60). Smith's shop was located at 32-34 Eighteenth Street in Chelsea (Ketchum, p. 59).

Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group