Salt-glazed stoneware crock. Cylindrical with an ogee-profile rim and two lug handles. Decoration of a painted cobalt blue flower. Impressed mark with blue fill on front: "J.M. PRUDEN. / 185 DUANE - ST - N.Y. / 2". Dark brown slip interior. Made by John Mills Pruden (active ca. 1835-1865 and 1872-1877), Elizabeth, New Jersey; the Duane Street address is for the warehouse in New York City from which his wares were sold. Height is 8.875 inches; diameter is 10.250 inches.
(Keywords: New York City)
|Acquisition||Gift of the Caruso family|
|Ownership and History||
This crock descended in the Cole family of Great Kills, Staten Island.
Keen Pruden took over operation of a redware factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1819, and around 1832 he began to manufacture stoneware. He retired in 1835, and his son, John Mills Pruden, took over the business and continued until 1877. The maker’s mark that includes the location 185 Duane Street denotes goods made after he established a distribution center in Manhattan. From 1865 to 1871, he had a partnership with Manhattan merchant Augustus Olcott; pieces manufactured during that period were marked “PRUDEN & OLCOTT.”
|Maker||Pruden (potteries) (John Mills Pruden)|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Food Processing T&E|
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