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Storage Jar

Made by David Drake (Dave the Potter), American, 1800 - c. 1870. Made at the Lewis J. Miles Pottery (Miles Mill), Edgefield district, South Carolina, c. 1830 - 1879.

Made in Edgefield, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America



Alkaline-glazed stoneware

26 1/2 × 23 1/2 inches (67.3 × 59.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 216, American Art, second floor (McCausland Gallery)

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Keith and Lauren Morgan and with the gifts (by exchange) of John T. Morris, Mrs. John D. Wintersteen, and the bequest of Maurice J. Crean, and with the Baugh-Barber Fund, the Haas Community Fund, and other Museum funds (by exchange), 1997

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Inscribed: Good for lard or holding fresh meat,/blest we were when peter saw the folded sheet; (on reverse) LM [Lewis Miles] May 3d 1859/Dave

Dave, an enslaved African American, worked at the Lewis J. Miles Pottery in South Carolina. After emancipation, he adopted the surname of Drake. His exceptional skill as a potter is demonstrated by his ability to create unusually large storage vessels such as the one seen here. He often adorned his utilitarian forms with inscriptions that refer to the Bible.

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