Stoneware Pot

Attributed to William Capron (1763-1823), Albany, NY
Date: 1800-1805
Maker: Attributed to William Capron (1763-1823), Albany, NY
Dimensions: 12 1/2 H x 10 Dia. (at waist)
Materials: Salt-glazed stoneware with incised and cobalt-glazed decorations
Marks: Impressed inverted on upper reverse: ALBANY / WARE (within horizontal oval)
Provenance: Purchased from Betty and Joel Schatzberg, Riverside, CT
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Rockwell Fund
Accession Number: 1990.12
Comments: Pots such as this one, stamped ALBANY/WARE in an oval medallion, represent the beginnings of the stoneware industry in Albany. Nearly all examples are undecorated, but this pot is enhanced with an incised and cobalt-glazed bird design, a common motif on stoneware from the Hudson Valley and New Jersey.