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Maker(s):Chetham & Woolley
Culture:English
Title:obelisk
Date Made:1794-1809
Type:Household Accessory
Materials:ceramic: felspathic stoneware, smear glaze, overglaze polychrome enamels
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Staffordshire; Longton
Measurements:overall: 11 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 28.6 cm x 9.5 cm
Accession Number:  HD 56.035.2
Credit Line:Gift of John B. Morris, Jr.
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
One of a pair of felspathic stoneware obelisks with enamel-decorated columns on blue-edged plinths or socles, which are umarked but made by the firm of Chetham & Woolley. The four sides of the obelisks are decorated in reddish-pink, yellow, grey, and brown enamels - two with violins and trumpets, and two with military accoutrements such as flags and arms, horns, scrolling ribbons, etc. The four sides of the socles are decorated with four oval cartouches - two with enamel-painted landscape scenes in blue, red, green, brown, purple and black; and two with sprig-molded classical figures. One obelisk is impressed on the base edge with what appears to be "Bo*2*3" and the other "3." In 1997, Diana Edwards attributed these garnitures to Chetham and Woolley, and Colin Wyman confirmed this attribution during a visit by members of the English Ceramic Circle on May 13, 2010. James Chetham (1754-1807) and his brother-in-law Richard Woolley were in partnership from at least 1793 to 1807 with Chetham's death, when his widow, Ann, succeeded him and contined business with Woolley until his departure in 1809. Ann contined the business, joined by her son, Jonathan Lowe Chetham, in 1814, trading as Chetham & Son from 1818 until her death in 1821. Jonathan Chetham continued with John Robinson as Chetham & Robinson from 1822 to 1834; with Robinson's son, Samuel, as Chetham & Robinson & Son from 1834 until John's death in 1840; and alone until his death in 1861. There are related enameled ceramic examples at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, and the York Musuem, York, England. See data file for picture of marked "Chetham & Co." pair of obelisks in private collection.

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