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Huntington Pottery Long Island NY Carved Vase
A rare hand thrown and carved vase attributed to the Huntington Pottery of Long Island New York. Probably one of the last pieces made at the pottery, this was dipped in a brown Albany slip then carved back to the raw clay in intricate designs. It's a very Arts and Crafts era design harkening back to Greek and Etruscan design. It measures 8 1/2" tall and 5" wide. It has a large re-glued chip to the rim but no other damage. It has the museum's catalog numbers on the base.
I acquired this vase at an auction that featured items de accessioned from the Litchfield CT Historical Society. The curator was kind enough to go back into the archives to retrieve the information about the piece.
- This vase was made by Huntington Pottery in Huntington, NY in 1915.
- This piece came into our collection the year it was made.
- I do know the name of who the donor was, but do not know much about the individual as they do not appear to be someone who was a frequent donor.
- With my knowledge of collection acquisitions, while I do not have any documentation of this – I would assume that since we received this piece in the year that it was made, it is likely that the donor purchased the piece directly from Huntington Pottery and then gifted it to us."
The Brown Brothers Pottery was established in 1863. It made utilitarian ware such as stoneware and redware jugs and crocks, some decorated with witty sayings. By the turn of the century demand for these wares had faded, being replaced by mass produced goods. Many potters that were in the same position shifted their production to an art ware line. It appears the Brown Brothers tried the same, at least towards the end. From what I can tell the dates don't exactly line up. I've read that the Brown's pottery closed in 1905 and was torn down in 1918. This could have been bought new before they closed and donated a few years later, or there was still some limited production being made into the teens.