In the late eighteenth century, black earthenware and stoneware made by English potters conjured up the art and culture of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Italy. This coffee pot may be similar to the blackwares owned by George and Martha Washington. The inventory taken after George Washington's death in 1799 records an "Egyptian china" teapot valued at fifty cents in the pantry overseen by Frank Lee, an enslaved butler at Mount Vernon.


Unglazed, black-bodied, oviform stoneware coffee pot with incurved neck, reeded lower body, looped strap handle, and domed foot; a decorative band of diamond rouletting encircles the shoulder; strap handle with press-molded acanthus leaf decoration on its outer surface and at its lower terminal; spout molded with a band of acanthus leaves on a stippled background around its base; missing lid.








Overall (H x W x D): 8 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (20.96 cm x 23.5 cm x 14.94 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Walter Morris, 1904


Stamped on the base of the pot: "TURNER".

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Colors (Beta)

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