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Yellow Ware Chamber Pot - Slip-trailed Decoration

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Artifact Description

Five yellow earthenware chamber pots were recovered from the Jacksonville “Blue China” wreck site. These yellow-bodied vessels resemble American made yellow-ware produced by British immigrant potters who established a number of potteries in the United States in the 1830s. Much of the yellow ware produced at this time was decorated in the British tradition with slip decoration most prevalent. Since no useable white-firing clay sources were found in America until later in the century, yellow ochre bodies predominated. North American dipped wares of the period are difficult to distinguish from the yellow-bodied wares produced in potting centers in Great Britain. However, given the predominance of British ceramics identified on the Jacksonville “Blue China” shipwreck, the yellow wares are also very probably of English manufacture, most likely from the Derbyshire region known for its yellow-bodied wares.

Four of the chamber pots are decorated with thin blue lines and a wide white band, over which are variations of a blue “dentritic” tree-like decoration applied in a band around the pot. The fifth example as shown here features a much simpler slip decoration consisting of a few blue lines encircling the body and the rim of the vessel.




Other Details

H. 13.0cm