Slip decorated redware pan

Slip decorated redware pan

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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.
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Object Name
date made
circa 1764-1799
Daniel Bayley Pottery
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
Physical Description
monochrome, yellow (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, coarse (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in; x 34.29 cm
overall: 2 5/8 in x 13 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Lura Woodside Watkins
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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