Sugar Bowl

Date: ca. 1810 - 1830

Some scholars believe young John Bell made this sugar bowl for his neighbor, Mary Embich, while he was still living in Hagerstown.  Others disagree, and say that the bowl’s form and style are inconsistent with Bell’s work.  The maker may be in question, but there is little doubt that this potter produced a fine piece of work.  Note its delicate handles, unusual glaze, and beautiful foot.  The maker was also likely smitten with Mary Embich, for her name is inscribed on the bowl.  So is a poem in script as follows: “When I am Dead and in my Grave / and all my bones are wrotten [rotten] / When

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Medium: Earthenware, with lead glaze

Dimensions: H: 7 x W: 8 1/2 x D: 6 1/2 in.

Place: Hagerstown, MD

Accession: 2002.0006

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Ceramics - Earthenware

Tags: Lead Glaze

Purchased in 2002.