Stoneware butter jar

This salt-glazed stoneware butter jar is decorated with hand applied cobalt, and is one of the earliest pieces made at the Athens, New York pottery established in 1805 by Nathan Clark and his brother-in-law, Thomas Howe. Howe died in 1813 leaving Clark to run and expand the company. He established subsidiaries in Kingston, Lyons, Rochester and Mt. Morris, New York between 1813 and 1838. The firm prospered until the end of the 1800s.
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Object Name
butter jar
jar, butter
date made
Clark, Nathan
Howe, Thomas
Physical Description
ceramic, stoneware, coarse (overall material)
overall: 32 cm x 23 cm; 12 19/32 in x 9 1/16 in
place made
United States: New York, Athens
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Industry & Manufacturing
Domestic Furnishings
New York Stoneware
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
John Paul Remensnyder
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