Dedham Pottery ( American, 1895 - 1943 )

c. 1900–1920
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General Description

Preceded by Chelsea Keramic Art Works (1891-1895), Dedham Pottery began operations in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1895. Under the direction of Hugh C. Robertson, the pottery developed a reputation for its "Cracqule Ware," tableware hand-decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with one of over 50 stock patterns of animals or plants and then coated with a pale grey, cracked glaze inspired by Asian celadon glazes. The rabbit pattern on the rim of this example was designed by Joseph Linden Smith and, due to its popularity, was adopted as Dedham Pottery's trademark.

Drawn from

  • DMA unpublished material.
  • Elisabeth Cameron, Encyclopedia of Pottery and Porcelain 1800-1960 (London: Cameron Books, 1986), 101.
  • Lois Lehner, Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay (Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1988), 124.