By the mid-nineteenth century, the washbasin and pitcher were essential hygiene items and virtually every American household contained at least one set. These sets were among the most popular forms produced at the Fenton pottery. Indeed, a basin and pitcher were two of the items chosen by the firm for the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition. A variety of patterns and glazes were offered; the broad surfaces of these large pieces provided an excellent opportunity for the display of the multicolored Rockingham glazes.

DESCRIPTION: Twelve-sided washbasin with rich brown and olive-green glaze on cream. (see B.57.31 ). Large pitcher with brown and dark green glaze on cream. Scalloped rib pattern; strap handle.

MARKS: Lyman Fenton & Co. / Fenton's / ENAMEL / PATENTED / 1849. / BENNINGTON, Vt. (impressed on underside of both vessels; Barret 1958, p. 14, fig. IXa).

RELATED EXAMPLES: Barret 1958, following p. 108, color plate B, and p. 118, pl. 167; Perry 1989, p. 49, no. 45.

1. Barret 1958, p. 15, fig. XI. and p. 102.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.

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Lyman, Fenton & Co., American, 1849–1852
or United States Pottery Company, American, 1852–1858
c. 1849–1858
Lead-glazed earthenware with flint glaze
12 1/8 × 7 1/8 × 8 3/4 in. (30.8 × 18.1 × 22.2 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Accession Number

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on June 17, 1957, from George Abraham & Gilbert May Antiques, West Granville, MA