Sunday, March 3, 2013

Clay Pipe Manufacturing in the United States

In his book entitled "The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States" published in 1893,

Edwin Barber, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar and Honorary Curator of the Department of American Pottery and Porcelain in the Pennsylvania Museum,

gives us a fascinating account of the often ignored Clay Pipe Manufacturing in the United States. 

As noted by Barber, A. Peyrau was a French immigrant living in New York City who, around 1883, made a series of terracotta pipe bowls, bizarre, yet comedic, caricature heads of period personages as Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum, Joseph Pulitzer, and William March “Boss” Tweed

The quality and character of Peyrau’s clays are reminiscent of some of the finest produced on the Continent.

This terracotta pipe head, 2- 3/4 x 2- 3/4 in. (7.0 x 7.0 cm), is of some important French military personage. 

Brooklyn (New York) Museum Collection

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