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circa 1840-1859

John A. Craven (American, 1824 - 1859)

The Craven family is one of the most notable North Carolina potting dynasties, beginning with Peter Craven (circa 1712–1791), who moved to North Carolina around 1745. John Anderson Craven and his three brothers, William Nicholas, Jacob Dorris, and Thomas Wesley, learned how to pot from their father, the Reverend Anderson Craven (1801–1872). John Anderson worked in partnership with his father throughout his life, while his brothers left home to start their own pottery workshops once they reached adulthood.

Note the three bands of incised lines that decorate this jar. John Anderson and his brothers often employed this decorative motif, which they borrowed from the Fox family, another North Carolina dynasty of potters and one to whom they were related by marriage.

Place object was created: Randolph County, NC

stoneware, salt glaze

Measurements:    height: 12 inches    depth: 10 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and Daisy Wade Bridges from the Collection of Walter and Dorothy Auman H1983.190.148

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