Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, New York (Images of America Series)

Overview

Folk art has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley.

The Hudson River school of painting traces its roots to the valley, as does a unique decorative style of stoneware—preserve pots and jugs with scenes of birds, flowers, and animals that were part of the potter's life. While the Hudson River paintings, usually commissioned by wealthy landowners, have achieved universal acclaim, the utilitarian stoneware, owned by even the least successful merchants...

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Overview

Folk art has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley.

The Hudson River school of painting traces its roots to the valley, as does a unique decorative style of stoneware—preserve pots and jugs with scenes of birds, flowers, and animals that were part of the potter's life. While the Hudson River paintings, usually commissioned by wealthy landowners, have achieved universal acclaim, the utilitarian stoneware, owned by even the least successful merchants and farmers, has been widely collected but little understood.

Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague makes an important contribution toward an understanding of the stoneware tradition of the Hudson Valley. Based on years of research, it uncovers for the first time the significance of early stoneware production at Poughkeepsie and outlines its one-hundred-year history. Astonishingly, its early beginnings may be attributed to a series of yellow-fever epidemics that struck New York City during the 1795-1805 period. These epidemics forced a migration of people away from the beleaguered city to places such as Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague began with a dated butter pot that was made by the first stoneware potters of Poughkeepsie as a tribute to the epidemic victims of New York City in 1798—a single piece of pottery transcending time and location to bring to life the historical triumph of the enduring human spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738508719
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 558,248
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Author George Lukacs has collected, researched, and studied Hudson Valley stoneware for more than fifteen years. In Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, he combines his knowledge and skill in identifying significant artifacts and his dedicated pursuit of history with a stunning collection of nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations. The owner of an antiques business, he displays each August products manufactured in Dutchess County at the Dutchess County Fair, where he and fellow members of the Century Museum Village & Collectors Association present living history demonstrations, which are viewed and appreciated by thousands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    Excellent History of the Po'Keepsie stoneware makers

    I thought that this book presented a well researched history of Poughkeepsie potters and provided insight into the history of an important piece of stoneware. Anyone interested in Hudson Valley stoneware should get this book.

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