Jar Maker: Unknown


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Hard, nonporous, salt-glazed stoneware made an ideal vessel for food preparation and storage in the eighteenth century. The sinuous curves of this jar are patterned after forms used in ancient Greece and Rome. The potter decorated this piece with impressed rings at the shoulder and foot as well as with a serpentine vine-and-leaf design that was first incised into the surface of the jar and then filled in with colorful glaze. Unusually, this jar features both cobalt blue and blue-green glazes, while most jars of this type were decorated in only one color, usually cobalt. The colorful design makes an excellent contrast to the subtle "orange peel" texture that is characteristic of salt-glazed stoneware.


Salt-glazed stoneware


11 in. (27.9 cm)
other (body at widest point): 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
other (Top): 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
base: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Montgomery

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Florence Montgomery (née Florence Mellowes, 1914–1998) and Charles F. Montgomery (1910–1978), New Haven, Conn., about 1940 [see note 1]; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1973

Note 1: According to the donors, they purchased the jar from a dealer in Wallingford, Conn., who had bought it in Cheshire, Conn. (curatorial object file).

  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 123, ill.
  • Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 245, fig. 219.

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jars, stoneware

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