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Christa M. Beranek and Rita A. DeForest
Planting Pots from Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts

Ceramics in America 2011

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1

    Flowerpots, probably American, ca. late 1830s–early 1840s. Unglazed earthenware. H. of tallest 7". (Photos, Melody Henkel.) The pot on the far left is decorated; the one on the far right is incised. 

  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Flowerpot, probably American, ca. late 1830s–early 1840s. Unglazed earthenware. H. 10 3/16". The decoration on this vessel is the most common type on the decorated sherds in the collection. 

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Flowerpot fragment, probably American, ca. late 1830s–early 1840s. Unglazed earthenware. H. 1 5/8". This is the sole example of slip decoration in the collection.

  • Figure 4
    Figure 4

    Detail of the scratches on the side of the flowerpot illustrated at the far right in fig. 1. Another pot (not shown) is marked with a scratched “X.” The meaning of these scratches is not clear, but they may have recorded information about the plant, as gardening manuals advised.