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Jar

Maker:
John M. Safford (1811–1880)
Date:
1838
Geography:
Made in Monmouth, Maine, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Earthenware; Redware with stamped decoration
Dimensions:
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm); Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.87a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
Trained as a potter in Exeter, New Hampshire, Safford came to Monmouth in 1830. This is one of the more highly decorated known examples of Maine redware. The rather unusual form may indicate that it was a stew pot, possibly intended to be set into the hole of an iron stove.
Inscription: incised beneath lid: S J JEWETT / Monmouth / August 18, 1838 / JMS; inscribed near base in pin-pricked block backwards letters: S J JEWETT.
The Stradlings, New York
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