For those interested in learning more about
antique pottery, there are several New
England museums with collections on
display. At the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston, visitors can view pieces by American
potteries such as the Rookwood Pottery
Company in Ohio, the circa 1850s Norton
Pottery in Bennington, Vermont, and the
late-18th-century American China
Manufactory. The Wadsworth Atheneum in
Hartford, Connecticut, the Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and the
Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont,
all feature early American ceramics as part of
the permanent collections of decorative arts.
Burgeoning collectors would do well to
become familiar with the different markings
and stamps used by potteries to identify
their pieces. Of the many comprehensive
markings dictionaries, here are our favorites:
RESOURCES FOR THE
Lehner’s Encyclopedia Of US Marks
On Pottery, Porcelain And Clay ($25,
Collectors Books) by Lois Lehner.
Kovels’ Dictionary of Marks — Pottery
And Porcelain: 1650 to 1850 ($17, Kovel)
by Ralph Kovel.
Pictorial Guide To Pottery And
Porcelain Marks ($30, Collectors Books)
by Chad Lage.
Foshee takes care of the difficult details
— authenticity, quality, condition — leaving
his collectors free to develop their taste, with
his guidance. “Customers want to be better
than they are,” he says. “I call that refinement.”
His clients are his medium, his clay; he helps
them refine their own stories. The collections
that emerge from these collaborations become
his works of art.
Behind every design, there’s a story. To hear this one, call 800.834.6654.
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