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Posted 6 years ago


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Date: 1889
Piece: 485 = Covered Dish
Artist: Sallie Toohey
Does the "S" mean special piece or sage green clay?


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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I thought the "S" was for special piece. "V" for vellum, "T" for trial, "Z" for matte and "X" for an imperfect piece sold ata reduced price.
    There were also O,G &P that were indicators of the clay body: "O" for Olive, "G" for ginger and "P" for soft porcelain.
  2. dholdefer, 5 years ago
    "S" meant "smear" (dull finish) p. 219 Appendix 5; "When an impressed "S" is found alone, it indicates a piece throwon for demonstration, perhaps from a prominent visitor". From Rookwood Pottery book by Anita J. Ellis
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi dholdefer! I'm just wondering if this is a 'smear' glaze?
  4. dholdefer, 5 years ago
    The incised mark ("S") would have been made just after the pot was made, long before it was glazed, but the glaze may have been matched to the "S" inscription. What I wrote, came out of a book. I have never heard of a "smear" glaze...

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