Stoneware Jug

Paul Cushman (1767-1833), Albany, NY Maker
1805-1833 Date:
Salt-glazed stoneware with incised decoration Materials
15 3/8 H x 9 1/8 Dia. (at waist) Dimensions
Impressed: PAUL:CUSHMAN Marks
Purchased from George Abraham and Gilbert May, West Granville, MA Provenance
Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase Credit
1957.15 Accession number
Deeply incised lines compose the three birds that decorate this jug, transforming it from a utilitarian vessel into a delightful work of folk art. The object in the largest bird's beak may be a Prickly Pear cactus or perhaps a winged insect. The other birds are much more stylized in appearance, and their off-center placement suggests they may have been added as an afterthought. Paul Cushman was one of the founders of a regional stoneware industry that spanned the Upper Hudson Valley. When he moved to Albany around 1800, there were few local potters, but his pottery works became a long-lived and successful business that also initiated a century of tremendous growth and expansion in regional stoneware manufacturing. Additional comments
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