Made by Rudolph Christ / Sugar bowl / 1789-1821Made by Rudolph Christ
Sugar bowl

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Creator Name: Christ, Rudolph
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1750-1833
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Rudolph Christ
Title: Sugar bowl
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1789
Creation End Date: 1821
Creation Date: 1789-1821
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic, american slip decorat
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with slip decoration
Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 10 in. (32.4 x 25.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 18.95.16
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Pottery was one of the largest early industries carried on by the Moravians, a group of religious settlers from Pennsylvania and Central Europe, who settled first in Wachovia, and later, in 1772, in Salem, North Carolina. The community was controlled by the church, which owned all of the land and, at least in the beginning, hired all of the craftsmen. The first of the Moravian master potters was the influential German-trained Gottfried Aust. Rudolf Christ was one of his apprentices who succeeded Aust as master potter in Salem. Simple solid forms, like this sugar bowl with its shallow conical lid and bold and colorful slip decoration characterize their work. The distinctive decoration belies the Central European origin of the potter, in its striking alternating lines of bright white, brown, and green slip.

AMICA ID: MMA_.18.95.16
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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