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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Lester Howard Vaughan, American, 1889–1961

Pitcher

ca. 1930

Pewter

6 × 7 7/8 in. (15.2 × 20 cm)
other (body): 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Marie-Antoinette Slade Fund
1984.35
Pewter—an alloy of tin, antimony, and other metals—can be cast or spun into a range of shapes. Pewter underwent a resurgence in popularity at the turn of the twentieth century partially due to its association with colonial craftsmanship. Pewter pitchers became a particularly potent symbol of the Colonial Revival and were prominently illustrated in early books on American antiques. Lester Howard Vaughan based the shape of this pitcher on mid-nineteenth-century examples made of Britannia metal (a variation of the pewter alloy), although the design still conveys the wholesome simplicity many consumers associated with the colonial period.
Geography: 
Made in Taunton, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Gift in 1984 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

David L. Barquist, American and English Pewter at the Yale University Art Gallery: A Supplementary Checklist (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1985), 18, 53, 79, no. 245, ill.

“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 72.

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 such records is ongoing.