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Pottery Exporters and Importers


Bills and invoices from the collection of Winterthur Library, Joseph Downs Collection





Exporters & Importers

Of the potters who made ceramics with dark blue printed American-themed designs, none have left business records. The few invoices and orders that survive  offer a small window to view what must have been an immense trade.  The only evidence that survives in quantity is the pottery that was made for the American market.

Importers  & Retailers
American importers and retailers left little evidence of their general trade. Their orders occasionally specified particular patterns although no American themed designs are known in the surviving order books. Records of retailers may be found in libraries and historical societies at major east-coast port cities.  This exhibition concentrates on those retailers associated with dark-blue printed American patterns.

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