Stoneware Jug

Calvin Boynton, Troy, NY
Date: 1825-1837
Maker: Calvin Boynton, Troy, NY
Dimensions: 11 3/8 H x 8 Dia. (at waist)
Materials: Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and cobalt-glazed decorations
Marks: Impressed: C. BOYNTON & CO. / TROY
Provenance: Purchased from Warren F. Hartmann
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Rockwell Fund
Accession Number: 2006.37
Comments: Calvin Boynton's pottery establishment was located directly opposite Paul Cushman's pottery for several years, although he later relocated to Troy, NY. The superb craftsmanship of this jug, its detailed, incised, and cobalt-glazed fish, and the fine gray clay characterize stoneware from his later years of production. By the late 1820s and 1830s, the growing number of potters in Albany and Troy probably encouraged Boynton to make high-quality products to remain competitive.