Saleratus Jar

A work made of stoneware and salt glaze with cobalt oxide glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stoneware and salt glaze with cobalt oxide glaze.

Date:

1848

Artist:

George Muk
American, c. 1813–after 1850
Bladensburg, Maryland

About this artwork

Missing its cover, this ovoid stoneware jar has an unusual reddish hue due to the soil composition near Bladensburg, Maryland. The area’s foundation was characterized by red sandstone, which was reinforced by the exposed red soil in nearby Washington, D.C. Mrs. Hannah Craig, for whom this vessel was made, would have used it for the storage of saleratus, a rising agent used to make buckwheat cakes, muffins, doughnuts, and other baked goods.

On View

American Art, Gallery 227

Artist

George Muk

Title

Saleratus Jar

Origin

United States

Date

1848

Medium

Stoneware and salt glaze with cobalt oxide glaze

Inscriptions

"Salaratus [sic] Jar. Mrs. Hannah Craig. Made by George Muk, Bladensbur [sic], Dec. the 1st 1848"

Dimensions

16.8 × 12.7 cm (6 5/8 × 5 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mahlon D. Moulds

Reference Number

1920.435

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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