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Mug

A work made of earthenware, slip, and lead, copper, and manganese oxide glazes.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware, slip, and lead, copper, and manganese oxide glazes.

Date:

1882/1900

Artist:

S. Bell and Sons
American, 1882-1908
Strasburg, Virginia

About this artwork

Extending from Pennsylvania to Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley was a prime area for ceramic production due to its abundance of red clays. Made in Strasburg, Virginia, this mug is part of a rich history of pottery in the region; the Bell family of potters originated in the late eighteenth century. S. Bell and Sons was a maker of both stoneware and earthenware. On this mug, manganese and copper glazes produced green and brown mottled shades, which gave Shenandoah Valley pottery its distinctive aesthetic.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 227

Artist

S. Bell & Son (Manufacturer)

Title

Mug

Origin

Strasburg

Date

c. 1882–1900

Medium

Earthenware, slip, and lead, copper, and manganese oxide glazes

Inscriptions

Marked: S.BELL & SON, Strasburg

Dimensions

H.: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan

Reference Number

1950.1683

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