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A work made of earthenware and lead and copper glazes.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware and lead and copper glazes.


c. 1830


Edward William Farrar
American, 1807(?)-1845
Middlebury, Vermont
Active 1825/1839

About this artwork

Stamped with the name of its maker, Edward William Farrar, this jar is the earliest marked example of Vermont redware currently known. Although early Vermont potters favored stoneware, some continued to work in the hand-thrown redware technique through the first part of the 19th century. Descended on both sides from important ceramists, Farrar learned his craft in his father’s Middlebury pottery. This jar is unusually monumental with exceptionally elaborate decoration: the stamped bands of geometric design contrast with the curves of the green glaze swags and the ruffles around the neck. These elements, coupled with the fact that the jar is signed, may indicate that it was made as a matriculation piece to signal the end of Farrar’s apprenticeship to his father.

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American Art, Gallery 227


Edward William Farrar




United States


c. 1830


Earthenware and lead and copper glazes


23.9 × 21.3 cm (9 3/8 i× 8 3/8 in.)

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Juli and David Grainger Fund

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