Slip decorated redware pan


The earliest household wares made by potters of European descent in America were wheel-thrown from coarse, local clays and kiln-fired at relatively low temperatures (900-1100 degrees centigrade). Following British and European tradition, these porous wares were covered with a clear lead glaze in order to retain liquids. Many earthenware pieces have a red-colored body due to the presense of iron in the clay. While most earthernware pieces were made quickly and cheaply without decoration, a number of surviving pieces are embellished with dabs of metallic oxides, slip decoration, or incised patterns.

The National Museum of American History houses a large and important collection of utilitarian earthenwares made in the United States from the late 1700s through the mid 1800s. These simple types of wares were indispensible tools in food storage and preparation in the United States for over two hundred and fifty years, until advances in refrigeration and canning reduce

This pan is part of collection of earthenware was found at the pottery site of Daniel Bayley and his sons, which was in operation in Newburyport, MA, between 1764 and 1799. The site was excavated by Lura Watkins and her husband in 1934. A native Bostonian, Watkins was a pioneer in the study of American cultural history and material culture. During her career, she collected, researched, and wrote about objects related to New England history.

Date Made: 1764-1799circa 1764-1799

Maker: Daniel Bayley Pottery

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lura Woodside Watkins

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.391361Catalog Number: 391361Accession Number: 191198

Object Name: Platterpan

Physical Description: monochrome, yellow (overall surface decoration color name)ceramic, earthenware, coarse (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13 1/2 in; x 34.29 cmoverall: 2 5/8 in x 13 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 34.29 cm


Record Id: nmah_580042

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