BURIED TREASURE: New Discoveries in Philadelphia Slipware from the Collection of the Museum of the American Revolution

Rob Hunter
During excavations on the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, archaeologists from Commonwealth Heritage Group recovered nearly 85,000 artifacts. Among these was a remarkable assemblage of locally made slipware dating to the middle of the eighteenth century. Found in a brick-lined privy shaft associated with one or more taverns, the group is distinguished by dazzling abstract patterns on small dishes and magnificent tulip and pomegranate slip trailed decoration on massive chargers. Current research suggests that these previously undocumented slipwares were made by one or more of Philadelphia’s French and German potters operating within the confines of the historic Old City district.

A selection of these breathtaking eighteenth-century ceramics will be revealed to the public for the first time at the 2018 New York Ceramics and Glass Fair. The loan exhibit is sponsored by Ceramics in America published by the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A lecture by archaeologist Deborah Miller will discuss the significance of the discovery in light of their contribution to Philadelphia’s ceramic history.

Rob Hunter

Editor / Author / Archaeologist

Rob Hunter is the Editor of Ceramics in America, an Author and Archaeologist.