Jacob Medinger (1856 - 1932) was a well known German American potter who worked in Limerick Pennsylvania an area with local clay deposits used in his pottery. Jacob worked in the German tradition of hand crafting pottery including digging his own clay, using a wood fired kiln and making his own kickwheels and glazes. Notoriously secretive about his decorating and glaze formulas Jacob would not allow anyone in the glazing room as he prepared his colored glazes. Sadly, his glaze recipes went to the grave with him when he was killed in a kiln accident in 1932.
Yellow Garage dealer Lenape Antiques has found this beautiful glazed redware pitcher attributed to Jacob Medinger. The pitcher is decorated with incised lines and ridges to add visual interest to the pitcher. It has an applied handle with thumbprint indentation at the bottom which is indicative of Jacob Medinger. This utilitarian ware pitcher is in good overall condition. It exhibits some glaze loss and crazing along with some minor chipping due to use and age. The pictures provide details. Interestingly, a similar Medinger pitcher is on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Traditional hand crafted redware collectors will not find a better example of the art than this Medinger pitcher.
Measures: 7” Tall 4” Base Diameter