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==History==
 
==History==
  
The plant or flower pot was a flat-bottomed, tubular container that was usually conical in profile, with little ornamentation [Fig. 1]. Pots contrasted with larger and more decorative or sculptural urns and vases also used to grow garden plants (see Vase). <ref>For more about the history of American pottery, see Lura Watkins, ''Early New England Potters and Their Wares'' (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1950), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CARR5Z2C nview on Zotero], which is still regarded as an authoritative volume. For a more general history, as well as a discussion of contemporary terminology relating to pottery, see Georgeanna H. Greer, ''American Stoneware: The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters'' (Exton, Pa.: Schiffer, 1981), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/P6K7FD6D view on Zotero]. For recent writings in material culture pertaining to pottery, see, for example, George L. Miller and Ann Smart Martin, “English Ceramics in America,” in ''Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in American, 1650–1920'', ed. Kenneth L. Ames and Gerald W. R. Ward (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1989), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/E58WIF75 view on Zotero], and Winterthur Portfolio 19 (Spring 1984). For additional information on American ceramics, see Susan R. Strong, ''History of American Ceramics: An Annotated Bibliography'' (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1983), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/DED5WVWS view on Zotero].</ref> Flower pots, however, could be ornamented in subtle ways. For example, recent archaeological evidence reveals the use of “notched-rim” flower pots and flower pots with “neoclassical rouletting” at Monticello. At Williamsburg, Va., other forms have been found. These include a pot dated c. 1740 with a folded rim sloping downward, a later pot with a “triangular-sectioned rim and a cordon immediately below it,” another ornamented with “a shield of arms cast in relief and roughly similar to that of Queen Anne,” and another with “several winged cherubic faces.” <ref>William M. Kelso, “Landscape Archaeology and Garden History  
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[[File:0442.jpg|thumb|left|Fig. 1, Anonymous, ''Memorial to Nicholas M. S. Catlin'', c. 1852]]
Research: Success and Promise at Bacon’s Castle, Monticello, and Poplar Forest, Virginia,” in ''Garden History: Issues, Approaches, Methods'', ed. John Dixon Hunt (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1992), 51, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QUIXX2CZ]. See also Audrey Noël Hume, “Flowerpots and Urns,” in ''Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener'' (Williamsburg, Va.: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974), 39–61, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VM3NFWUI/ view on Zotero].</ref> Rembrandt Peale’s 1801 portrait of his brother, Rubens, depicts an ornamented flower pot with a scored line and a braid just below its lip [Fig. 2]. Such attention to ornament sometimes extended to saucers that accompanied pots to collect water that drained from them. <ref> At the c. 1680 garden at Bacon Castle, “coarseware flowerpots and decorated saucer rims” have been uncovered. See Nicholas Luccketti, “Archaeological Excavations at Bacon’s Castle, Surry County, Virginia,” in ''Earth Patterns, Essays in Landscape Archaeology'', ed. William M. Kelso and Rachel Most (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1990), 38, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/D2Z943VF view on Zotero].</ref> The size, type, and decoration of such containers depended upon function and plant type, and descriptions of them abound in nineteenth-century treatises. J. C. Loudon’s An Encyclopedia of Gardening (1826), for instance, included specifications for several types of pots, including those designed for the propagation of specialized plant types, such as aquatics.  
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[[File:1195.jpg|thumb|Fig. 2, Rembrandt Peale, ''Rubens Peale with a Geranium'', 1801.]]
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The plant or flower pot was a flat-bottomed, tubular container that was usually conical in profile, with little ornamentation [Fig. 1]. Pots contrasted with larger and more decorative or sculptural [[urn]]s and [[vase]]s also used to grow garden plants.<ref>For more about the history of American pottery, see Lura Watkins, ''Early New England Potters and Their Wares'' (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1950), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CARR5Z2C view on Zotero], which is still regarded as an authoritative volume. For a more general history, as well as a discussion of contemporary terminology relating to pottery, see Georgeanna H. Greer, ''American Stoneware: The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters'' (Exton, PA: Schiffer, 1981), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/P6K7FD6D view on Zotero]. For recent writings in material culture pertaining to pottery, see, for example, George L. Miller and Ann Smart Martin, “English Ceramics in America,” in ''Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in American, 1650–1920'', ed. Kenneth L. Ames and Gerald W. R. Ward (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1989), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/E58WIF75 view on Zotero], and ''Winterthur Portfolio'' 19 (Spring 1984). For additional information on American ceramics, see Susan R. Strong, ''History of American Ceramics: An Annotated Bibliography'' (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1983), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/DED5WVWS view on Zotero].</ref> Flower pots, however, could be ornamented in subtle ways. For example, recent archaeological evidence reveals the use of “notched-rim” flower pots and flower pots with “neoclassical rouletting” at [[Monticello]]. At Williamsburg, Virginia, other forms have been found. These include a pot dated c. 1740 with a folded rim sloping downward, a later pot with a “triangular-sectioned rim and a cordon immediately below it,” another ornamented with “a shield of arms cast in relief and roughly similar to that of Queen Anne,” and another with “several winged cherubic faces.”<ref>William M. Kelso, “Landscape Archaeology and Garden History Research: Success and Promise at Bacon’s Castle, Monticello, and Poplar Forest, Virginia,” in ''Garden History: Issues, Approaches, Methods'', ed. John Dixon Hunt (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1992), 51, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QUIXX2CZ view on Zotero]. See also Audrey Noël Hume, “Flowerpots and Urns,” in ''Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener'' (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974), 39–61, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VM3NFWUI/ view on Zotero].</ref> Rembrandt Peale’s 1801 portrait of his brother, Rubens, depicts an ornamented flower pot with a scored line and a braid just below its lip [Fig. 2]. Such attention to ornament sometimes extended to saucers that accompanied pots to collect water that drained from them.<ref> At the c. 1680 garden at Bacon Castle, “coarseware flowerpots and decorated saucer rims” have been uncovered. See Nicholas Luccketti, “Archaeological Excavations at Bacon’s Castle, Surry County, Virginia,” in ''Earth Patterns, Essays in Landscape Archaeology'', ed. William M. Kelso and Rachel Most (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1990), 38, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/D2Z943VF view on Zotero].</ref> The size, type, and decoration of such containers depended upon function and plant type, and descriptions of them abound in 19th-century treatises. [[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|J. C. Loudon's]] ''An Encyclopedia of Gardening'' (1826), for instance, included specifications for several types of pots, including those designed for the propagation of specialized plant types, such as aquatics.  
  
Generally, pots were made of earthenware, clay-fired at low temperatures, and were covered with lead glaze or left unglazed. Occasionally, stoneware (coarse pottery made of clay that contained large amounts of silica, flint, and sand) and Chinese porcelain (translucent stoneware) were used. In eighteenth-century America, coarse earthenware (typically made from red clay) was chiefly produced in the Northeast. During the first half of the nineteenth century, the number of American manufacturers producing flower pots increased, as did the range of goods they produced. In the Northeast, potters were limited by coarser clays and continued working in the earthenware tradition. Further south, especially in places like New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia, potters increasingly turned to stoneware in the production of flower pots, thus resulting in much regional variation. <ref>Ann Smart Martin and George Miller to Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Anne L. Helmreich, August 5, 1996.</ref>
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[[File:1022.jpg|thumb|Fig. 3, David J. Kennedy, after Charles Alexandre Lesueur (c. 1830), ''Residence of Thomas Say, Esqr. (Naturalist) at New Harmony, Indiana'', 1870.]]
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Generally, pots were made of earthenware, clay-fired at low temperatures, and were covered with lead glaze or left unglazed. Occasionally, stoneware (coarse pottery made of clay that contained large amounts of silica, flint, and sand) and Chinese porcelain (translucent stoneware) were used. In 18th-century America, coarse earthenware (typically made from red clay) was chiefly produced in the Northeast. During the first half of the 19th century, the number of American manufacturers producing flower pots increased, as did the range of goods they produced. In the Northeast, potters were limited by coarser clays and continued working in the earthenware tradition. Further south, especially in places like New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia, potters increasingly turned to stoneware in the production of flower pots, thus resulting in much regional variation.<ref>Ann Smart Martin and George Miller to Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Anne L. Helmreich, August 5, 1996.</ref>
  
The use of glaze or paint was one point of disagreement. In 1834, seedsman Grant Thorburn, reflecting back upon his career, claimed that painting flower pots green attracted customers. British author George William Johnson underscored the usefulness of painting and glazing—both of which resulted in a glassy finish—because they helped seal in water and thus keep plant roots “more uniformly moist and warm.” On the other hand, English gardener Jane Loudon claimed that it was preferable to use porous material that allowed water to escape. Frequent treatise citations about glazed pots, however, suggest that glazed, painted, and other forms of decorated pots were quite important “embellishments,” to use A. J. Downing’s term, for the garden.  
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[[File:1678.jpg|thumb|Fig. 4, Anonymous, ''Friends Almshouse, Walnut Street, Philadelphia'', c.1848.]]
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The use of glaze or paint was one point of disagreement. In 1834, seedsman Grant Thorburn, reflecting back upon his career, claimed that painting flower pots green attracted customers. British author George William Johnson underscored the usefulness of painting and glazing—both of which resulted in a glassy finish—because they helped seal in water and thus keep plant roots “more uniformly moist and warm.” On the other hand, English gardener [[Jane Loudon]] claimed that it was preferable to use porous material that allowed water to escape. Frequent treatise citations about glazed pots, however, suggest that glazed, painted, and other forms of decorated pots were quite important “embellishments,” to use [[Andrew Jackson Downing|A. J. Downing's]] term, for the garden.  
  
Pots could be moved easily within a space or transferred from indoors to outdoors [Fig. 3]. William Hamilton, for example, occasionally rearranged his pots according to size in his green- or hothouse and, in good weather, moved them out to a nearby yard. In the painted views of Thomas Say’s garden in New Harmony, Ind. [Fig. 4], and of the Friends Almshouse in Philadelphia [Fig. 5], the artists depict potted plants scattered about the garden as decorative elements in the scene. In a letter to his son Rembrandt, Charles Willson Peale commended his botanist son Rubens for his display of pots around a basin and then painted them in his view of Belfield. At the Moreau House in Morrisville, Pa., as represented by Anne-Marguerite-Henriette Rouillé de Marigny Hyde de Neuville in 1809, potted plants were used to ornament the barrier demarcating the drive to the house [Fig. 6]. The frequent use of pots in portraits and house views suggests they were an essential part of gardening, becoming emblematic in places where horticulture was seriously pursued. In contrast, vases and urns in gardens and views of gardens were associated with classical culture.  
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[[File:1679.jpg|thumb|left|Fig. 5, [[Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville]], ''The Moreau House'', July 2, 1809.]]
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[[File:0326.jpg|thumb|left|Fig. 6, William Russell Birch, “The View from Springland,” in ''The Country Seats of the United States'' (1808), pl. 2.]]
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Pots could be moved easily within a space or transferred from indoors to outdoors. [[William Hamilton]], for example, occasionally rearranged his pots according to size in his [[Greenhouse|green]]- or [[hothouse]] and, in good weather, moved them out to a nearby [[yard]]. In the painted [[view]]s of Thomas Say’s garden in New Harmony, Indiana [Fig. 3], and of the Friends Almshouse in Philadelphia [Fig. 4], the artists depict potted plants scattered about the garden as decorative elements in the scene. In a letter to his son Rembrandt, [[Charles Willson Peale]] commended his botanist son Rubens for his display of pots around a [[basin]] and then painted them in his view of [[Belfield]]. At the Moreau House in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, as represented by [[Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville]] in 1809, potted plants were used to ornament the barrier demarcating the [[drive]] to the house [Fig. 5]. The frequent use of pots in portraits and house [[view]]s suggests they were an essential part of gardening, becoming emblematic in places where horticulture was seriously pursued. In contrast, [[vase]]s and [[urn]]s in gardens and views of gardens were associated with classical culture.  
  
Pots were closely related to boxes or cases. Square containers, often made of wood, were used to house small shrubs and trees, such as oranges, laurels, or myrtles. Boxes, as opposed to pots, could accommodate larger plants and many illustrations of American gardens portray trees in such containers placed in front of structures like piazzas (as at George Washington’s Mount Vernon) [Fig. 7] and in the garden itself as in the view of Springland, William Russell Birch’s estate near Bristol, Pa. [Fig. 8].  
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Pots were closely related to boxes or cases. Square containers, often made of wood, were used to house small shrubs and trees, such as oranges, laurels, or myrtles. Boxes, as opposed to pots, could accommodate larger plants and many illustrations of American gardens portray trees in such containers placed in front of structures like [[piazza]]s (as at George Washington’s [[Mount Vernon]]) and in the garden itself as in the [[view]] of Springland, William Russell Birch’s estate near Bristol, Pennsylvania [Fig. 6].  
  
-- ''Anne L. Helmreich''
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''Anne L. Helmreich''
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==Texts==
 
==Texts==
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===Usage===
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*Inventory of Arthur Allen III, 1728, describing the contents of Bacon’s Castle, home of Arthur Allen, Surry County, VA (quoted in Kelso and Most 1990: 25)<ref>William M. Kelso and Rachel Most, eds., ''Earth Patterns: Essays in Landscape Archaeology'' (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/FBDCVUZQ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“2 flower '''potts''' and 2 watring '''potts'''.”
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*Custis, John Parke, 1736, describing a request for flower pots made to Captain Friend (quoted in Hume 1974: 46)<ref>Audrey Noël Hume, “Flowerpots and Urns,” in ''Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener, Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Series'' 7 (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg, 1974), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VM3NFWUI view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“6 flower '''pots''' painted green to stand in a chimney to put flowers in the summer time with 2 handles to each '''pot''' for conveniency to lift up and down.”
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*[[William Hamilton|Hamilton, William]], 1789, describing [[The Woodlands]], seat of [[William Hamilton]], near Philadelphia, PA (quoted in Madsen 1988: A4 and A5)<ref>Karen Madsen, “William Hamilton’s Woodlands,” (paper presented for seminar in American Landscape, 1790–1900, instructed by E. McPeck, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 1988), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/XN8NN9QN view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“[May 2]. . . Hilton should [make] some mark immediately on the '''pot''' of each newly transplanted exotic, so as to prevent its being disturbed on my return. . . As soon as George has done the above all the exotics should be arranged according to their sizes in the way I directed particularly the '''pots''' on the shelves. . .
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:“[June 2]. . .The '''pots''' should be put if possible in a warm situation screen’d from the noon day sun & gently waterd every two or three days. . . If George does as he ought no soul should be ''suffer’d'' ''alone'' in the '''pot''' & Tub enclosure.”
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*[[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson, Thomas]], June 13, 1790, describing [[Monticello]], [[plantation]] of [[Thomas Jefferson]], Charlottesville, VA (Jefferson 1944: 151)<ref>Thomas Jefferson, ''The Garden Book'', ed. Edwin M. Betts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1944), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/8ZA5VRP5 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“I enclose a few seeds of high-land rice which was gathered last autumn in the East Indies. . . I have sowed a few seeds in earthen '''pots'''. It is a most precious thing if we can save it.”
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*Faris, William, 1795, describing his garden in Annapolis, MD (quoted in Sarudy 1989: 149)<ref>Barbara Wells Sarudy, “Eighteenth-Century Gardens of the Chesapeake,” ''Journal of Garden History'' 9 (1989): 104–59, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/PGSNXHMJ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“I moved the '''Potts''' into the seller for the Winter. . .”
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*[[Charles Willson Peale|Peale, Charles Willson]], September 14, 1814, describing [[Belfield]], estate of [[Charles Willson Peale]], Germantown, PA (quoted in Rudnytzky 1986: 38)<ref> Kateryna A. Rudnytzky, “The Union of Landscape and Art: Peale’s Garden at Belfield” (Honors thesis, LaSalle University, 1986), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KJK46QBZ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“Rubens has placed all his '''Pots''' round the [[fountain]] [[Bason]] and it makes a very handsome display the [[Bason]] being 13 feet long & 10 wide.”
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*Thorburn, Grant, 1834, describing the painted flower pots sold in his shop in New York, NY (1834: 92–93)<ref>Grant Thorburn, ''Forty Years’ Residence in America, or The Doctrine of a Particular Province Exemplified in the Life of Grant Thorburn, the Original Lawrie Todd, Seedsman, New York'' (London: J. Fraser, 1834), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/I43I4CBT/ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“About this time the ladies in New York were beginning to shew their taste for flowers; and it was customary to sell the empty flower-'''pots''' in the grocery-stores; these articles also comprised part of my stock.
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:“In the fall of the year, when the plants wanted shifting, preparatory to their being placed in the parlour, I was often asked for '''pots''' of a handsomer quality, or better make. As I stated above, I was looking round for some other means to support my family. All at once it came into my mind to take and paint some of my common flower-'''pots''' with green varnish paint, thinking it would better suit the taste of the ladies than the common brickbat coloured ones. I painted two pair, and exposed them in front of my window. . . They soon drew attention, and were sold. I painted six pair; they soon went the same way. Being thus encouraged, I continued painting and selling to good advantage: this was in the fall of 1802.”
  
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Inventory of Arthur Allen III, 1728, describing  
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*Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association, September 23, 1839, describing an exhibitor’s work in Portland, ME (quoted in Watkins 1950: 160)<ref>Watkins 1950, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CARR5Z2C view on Zotero].</ref>
the contents of Bacon’s Castle, home of
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:“165. B. Dodge. Portland, Me. One Earthen Ware Flower '''Pot'''. Handsome model and good workmanship; covered with a superior green glaze. The Committee regret that the specimen is confined to this single article, but trust that before long more attention will be paid to this branch of American manufacture. A Diploma.”
Arthur Allen, Surry County, Va. (quoted in Kelso
 
and Most 1990: 25)
 
  
“2 flower potts and 2 watring potts.”
 
  
Custis, John Parke, 1736, describing a request
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*Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason), October 1845, “Notes of a Visit to several Gardens in the Vicinity of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York” (''Magazine of Horticulture'' 12: 283)<ref>Charles Mason Hovey, “Notes of a Visit to Several Gardens in the Vicinity of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, in October, 1845,” ''Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and Improvements in Rural Affairs'' 12, no. 8 (August 1846): 241–48, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/S9UVTJM3 view on Zotero].</ref>
for flower pots made to Captain Friend (quoted in  
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:“The Philadelphia potters now manufacture the largest sizes that are needed for plants. We saw here several two feet in diameter and of good proportion; they are far better than the unsightly boxes which are every where used, and we hope to see these '''pots''' introduced in their place; they can be obtained for about two and a half to three dollars each, and they are so well made that, with careful handling, they will last any length of time.”
Hume 1974: 46)
 
  
“6 flower pots painted green to stand in a
 
chimney to put flowers in the summer time with 2
 
handles to each pot for conveniency to lift up and
 
down.”
 
  
Hamilton, William, 1789, describing the Woodlands,
 
seat of William Hamilton, near Philadelphia,
 
Pa. (quoted in Madsen 1988: A4 and A5)
 
  
“[2 May] . . . Hilton should [make] some mark
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===Citations===
immediately on the pot of each newly transplanted
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*La Quintinie, Jean de, 1683, ''The Compleat Gard’ner'' (1683; repr., 1982: n.p.)<ref>Jean de La Quintinie, ''The Compleat Gard’ner, or Directions for Cultivating and Right Ordering of Fruit-Gardens and Kitchen Gardens'', trans. John Evelyn (1683; repr., New York: Garland, 1982), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/ET5N5PKH view on Zotero].</ref>
exotic, so as to prevent its being disturbed
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:“To '''''Pot''''', is to put or sow any Seed or Plant that is tender or curious into a '''Pot''', for its better and safer Cultivation.
on my return. . . . As soon as George has done the
 
above all the exotics should be arranged according
 
to their sizes in the way I directed particularly the
 
pots on the shelves. . . .  
 
  
“[1 June] ...The pots should be put if possible
 
in a warm situation screen’d from the noon day
 
sun & gently waterd every two or three days. . . . If
 
George does as he ought no soul should be suffer’d
 
alone in the pot & Tub enclosure.”
 
  
Jefferson, Thomas, 13 June 1790, describing
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*Dezallier d’Argenville, Antoine-Joseph, 1712, ''The Theory and Practice of Gardening'' (1712: 77)<ref>A.-J. (Antoine Joseph), Dézallier d’Argenville, ''The Theory and Practice of Gardening; Wherein Is Fully Handled All That Relates to Fine Gardens, . . . Containing Divers Plans, and General Dispositions of Gardens. . . ,'' trans. John James (London: Geo. James, 1712), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RNT8ZVZ8 view on Zotero].</ref>
Monticello, plantation of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville,  
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:“CASES and Flower-'''pots''' serve likewise for the Embellishment of Gardens. In Cases, are raised Orange-Trees, Jasmins, Pomgranate-Trees, Myrtles, Lawrels, &c. which are regularly placed upon the Parterres of [[Orangery]], . . . to form [[Walk]]s between these, are put '''Pots''' and [[Vase]]s of ''Dutch'' Ware, filled with Flowers of every Season, which are also set upon certain Forms made for that Purpose; or upon the Coping of the [[Wall]]s of a [[Terrace|Terrass]], at a Descent of Steps; or else upon Plinths of Stone, in the [[Border]]s and Verges of Grass.”
Va. (Jefferson 1944: 151)  
 
  
“I enclose a few seeds of high-land rice which
 
was gathered last autumn in the East Indies. . . . I
 
  
have sowed a few seeds in earthen pots. It is a
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*Cobbett, William, 1819, ''The American Gardener'' (1819: 56)<ref>William Cobbett, ''The American Gardener'' (Claremont, NH: Manufacturing Company, 1819), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/9CBPIU6H view on Zotero].</ref>
most precious thing if we can save it.”  
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:“107. The plants [in a [[green-house]]], of whatever sort or size, must be in what the English call '''''pots''''', and what the Americans call jars.”  
  
Faris, William, 1795, describing his garden in
 
Annapolis, Md. (quoted in Sarudy 1989: 149)
 
  
“I moved the Potts into the seller for the Winter”
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*[[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius)]], 1826, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (1826: 284–85)<ref>J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening'', 4th ed. (London: Longman et al., 1826), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KNKTCA4W view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“1407. Of ''flower-'''pots''''' there are several species and many varieties.
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:“''The common flower-'''pot''''' is a cylindrical tapering vessel of burnt clay, with a perforated bottom, and of which there are ten British sorts, distinguished by their sizes thus. . .
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:“''Common flower-'''pots''' are sold by the cast'', and the price is generally the same for all the 10 sorts; two '''pots''' or a cast of No. 1, costing the same price as eight '''pots''', or a cast of No. 11.
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:“''The store-'''pot''''' is a broad flat-bottomed '''pot''', used for striking cuttings or raising seedlings.
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:“''The '''pot''' for bulbous roots is narrower'' and deeper than usual.
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:“''The '''pot''' for aquatics'' should have no holes in the bottom or sides.
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:“''The '''pot''' for marsh-plants'' should have three or four small holes in the sides about one third of the depth from its bottom. This third being filled with gravel, and the remainder with soil, the imitation of a marsh will be attended with success.
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:“''The stone-ware '''pot''''' may be of any of the above shapes, but being made of clay, mixed with powdered stone of a certain quality, is much more durable.
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:“''The glazed '''pot''''' is chiefly used for ornament; they are generally glazed green, but, for superior occasions, are sculptured and painted, or incrusted, &c.
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:“1408. ''The propagation-'''pot'''''. . . has a slit in the side, from the rim to the hole in the bottom, the use of which is to admit a shoot of a tree for propagation by ringing in the [[Chinese manner]]. . .
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:“''The square '''pot''''' is preferred by some for the three smallest sizes of '''pots''', as containing more earth in a given surface of shelf or basis; but they are more expensive at first, less convenient for shifting, and, not admitting of such perfection of form as the circle, do not, in our opinion, merit adoption. They are used in different parts of Lombardy and at Paris.
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:“''The classic '''pot''''' is the common material formed into [[vase]]s, or particular shapes, for aloes and other plants which seldom require shifting, and which are destined to occupy particular spots in gardens or [[conservatories]], or on the terraces and parapets of mansions in the summer season.
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:“''The Chinese '''pot''''' is generally glazed, and wide in proportion to its depth; but some are widest below, with the saucer attached to the bottom of the '''pot''', and the slits on the side of the '''pot''' for the exit or absorption of the water. Some ornamental Chinese '''pots''' are squared at top and bottom, and bellied out in the middle.
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[[File:1311.jpg|thumb|Fig. 7, [[J. C. Loudon]], Plant boxes, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 285, figs. 177–79.]]
 +
:“''The French '''pot''''', instead of one hole in the centre of the bottom to admit water, has several small holes about one eighth of an inch in diameter, by which worms are excluded. . .
 +
:“1412. ''The plant-box''. . . is a substitute for a large '''pot'''; it is of a cubical figure, and generally formed of [[wood]], though in some cases the frame is formed of cast-iron, and the sides of slates cut to fit, and move-able at pleasure. Such boxes are chiefly used for orange-trees.” [Fig. 7]
  
Peale, Charles Willson, 14 September 1814,
 
  
describing Belfield, estate of Charles Willson
+
*[[Noah Webster|Webster, Noah]], 1828, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'' (1828: 2:n.p.)<ref>Noah Webster, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'', 2 vols. (New York: S. Converse, 1828), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/N7BSU467 view on Zotero].</ref>
Peale, Germantown, Pa. (quoted in Rudnytzky
+
:“'''POT''', ''n''. [Fr. ''pot''; Arm. ''pod''; Ir. ''pota''; Sw. ''potta''; Dan. ''potte''; W. ''pot'', a '''pot''', and potel, a bottle; ''poten'', a pudding, the paunch, something bulging; D. ''pot''; a '''pot''', a stake, a hoard; ''potten'', to hoard.]
1986: 38)
+
:“1. A vessel more deep than broad, made of earth, or iron or other metal, used for several domestic purposes; as an iron '''''pot''''', for boiling meat or vegetables; a '''''pot''''' for holding liquors; a cup, as a '''''pot''''' of ale; and earthern '''''pot''''' for plants, called a ''flower '''pot''''', &c.”
  
“Rubens has placed all his Pots round the
 
fountain Bason and it makes a very handsome display
 
the Bason being 13 feet long & 10 wide.”
 
  
Thorburn, Grant, 1834, describing the painted
+
*[[Jane Loudon|Loudon, Jane]], 1845, ''Gardening for Ladies'' (1845: 211–12)<ref>Jane Loudon, ''Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden'', ed. A. J. Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3Q5GCH4I view on Zotero].</ref>
flower pots sold in his shop in New York, N.Y.  
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:“FLOWER-'''POTS''' are ''commonly'' of a red porous kind of earthenware, which is much better for the plants than the more ornamental kinds sold in the china-shops: which from being glazed, and consequently not porous, are apt to retain the moisture so as to be injurious to the roots of the plants. . . Glazed '''pots''' are most suitable for plants kept in balconies, where they are much exposed to the air. . . There are ten sizes of '''pots''' in common use in British gardens, varying from two inches in diameter to a foot and a half. . . Besides these there are thumb-'''pots''', about an inch in diameter and two inches deep, of which there are eighty to a cast; square stone pots for raising seeds, or striking cuttings, and which are seldom used but by nurserymen; and deep narrow '''pots''' for bulbous-rooted plants. Many other shapes have been invented to suit particular purposes, but the above are the only kinds in constant and regular use.”
(pp. 92–93)
 
  
“About this time the ladies in New York were
 
beginning to shew their taste for flowers; and it
 
was customary to sell the empty flower-pots in the
 
grocery-stores; these articles also comprised part
 
of my stock.
 
  
“In the fall of the year, when the plants wanted
+
*Johnson, George William, 1847, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847: 228)<ref>George William Johnson, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'', ed. David Landreth (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/D6PQSNAN view on Zotero].</ref>
shifting, preparatory to their being placed in the
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:“FLOWER '''POTS''' are of various sizes and names. . .
parlour, I was often asked for pots of a handsomer
+
:“The Philadelphia potters have long pursued the plan [whereby '''pots''' are classified according to their greatest diameter] proposed by Dr. Lindley, and those at distant points who may desire to order, have only to express the size in inches, i.e., the diameter at top.  
quality, or better make. As I stated above, I was
+
:“The form and material also vary. Mr. Beck makes them very successfully of slate; and the prejudice against glazed '''pots''' is now exploded.  
looking round for some other means to support
+
:“It was formerly considered important to have the '''pots''' made of a material as porous as possible; but a more miserable delusion never was handed down untested from one generation to another. Stoneware and chinaware are infinitely preferable, for they keep the roots more uniformly moist and warm. Common garden '''pots''' if not plunged, should be thickly painted.
my family. All at once it came into my mind to
 
take and paint some of my common flower-pots
 
with green varnish paint, thinking it would better
 
suit the taste of the ladies than the common brickbat
 
coloured ones. I painted two pair, and exposed
 
them in front of my window. . . . They soon drew
 
attention, and were sold. I painted six pair; they
 
soon went the same way. Being thus encouraged, I
 
continued painting and selling to good advantage:  
 
this was in the fall of 1802.
 
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association,  
 
23 September 1839, describing an
 
exhibitor’s work in Portland, Me. (quoted in
 
Watkins 1950: 160)
 
  
“165. B. Dodge. Portland, Me. One Earthen
 
Ware Flower Pot. Handsome model and good
 
workmanship; covered with a superior green
 
glaze. The Committee regret that the specimen is
 
confined to this single article, but trust that before
 
long more attention will be paid to this branch of
 
American manufacture. A Diploma.”
 
  
Hovey, C. M., August 1846, “Notes of a Visit to
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[[File:1209_1210_merge.jpg|thumb|Fig. 8, Anonymous, “An aloe in a common flower pot” and “A Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot,” in A. J. Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 423, figs. 67 and 68.]]
several Gardens in the Vicinity of Washington,  
+
*[[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing, Andrew Jackson]], 1849, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (1849; repr., 1991: 422–23)<ref>A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America'', 4th ed. (1849; repr., Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1991), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/K7BRCDC5 view on Zotero].</ref>
Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York” (Magazine
+
:“There can be no reason why the smallest cottage, if its occupant be a person of taste, should not have a [[terrace]] decorated in a suitable manner. This is easily and cheaply effected by placing neat flower-'''pots''' on the parapet, or [[border]] and angles of the [[terrace]], with suitable plants growing in them. For this purpose, the American or Century ''Aloe'', a formal architectural-looking plants, is exceedingly well adapted, as it always preserves nearly the same appearance. Or in place of this, the ''Yuccas'', or ‘''Adam’s needle and thread'',’ which have something of the same character, while they also produce beautiful heads of flowers, may be chosen. ''Yucca flaccida'' is a fine hardy species, which would look well in such a suitation. An aloe in a common flower '''pot''' is shown in Fig. 67; and a Yucca in an ornamental flower-'''pot''' in Fig. 68.” [Fig. 8]
of Horticulture 12: 283)  
 
  
“The Philadelphia potters now manufacture
 
the largest sizes that are needed for plants. We saw
 
here several two feet in diameter and of good proportion;
 
they are far better than the unsightly
 
boxes which are every where used, and we hope to
 
see these pots introduced in their place; they can
 
be obtained for about two and a half to three dollars
 
each, and they are so well made that, with
 
careful handling, they will last any length of time.”
 
  
 +
[[File:1611.jpg|thumb|Fig. 9, Anonymous, “A new pot constructed to prevent worms from entering at the bottom,” ''Horticulturist'' 6, no. 5 (May 1851): 216, figs. 1 and 2.]]
 +
*Anonymous, May 1851, “Garden Utensils [from ''The Gardener’s Magazine of Botany'']” (''Horticulturist'' 6: 216)
 +
:“Fig. 2 represents a new '''pot''' constructed to prevent worms from entering at the bottom. in [''sic''] some gardens, where the earth is rich, the earth-worms are very troublesome, especially when the ground is damp. In these localities the worms crawl into the '''pots''' by means of the hole at the bottom, and if they commit little injury in the open ground, they are not so harmless among the roots confined in a '''pot'''. In order to obviate the evil arising from their intrusion, the new form of '''pot''' represented at figure 2, has been invented by M. Ghyselin, potter at Brussels. The bottom is distinguished by having three feet, which are only prolongations of the '''pot'''. The bottom is thus raised above the ground, and the worms are thereby prevented from entering at the hole. This '''pot''' has also the advantage of facilitating the circulation of air, and preventing the stagnation of water. [Worms, however, do not always enter garden-pots through the drainage hole, but sometimes, especially in small '''pots''', from the top. Against this the proposed form offers no safeguard. After all, the best plan is to take care on what foundation the '''pots''' are set.]” [Fig. 9]
  
===Citations===
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==Images==
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===Inscribed===
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 +
File:1311.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], Plant boxes, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 285, figs. 177–79.
  
La Quintinie, Jean de, 1683, The Compleat
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File:1310.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], “The propagation-'''pot'''” and “carnation-saucer,” in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', new ed. (1834), 540, figs. 444 and 445.
Gard’ner ([1683] 1982: n.p.)
 
  
“To Pot, is to put or sow any Seed or Plant that
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File:0878.jpg|Anonymous, “Ground Plan of a portion of Downing’s Botanic Gardens and [[Nursery|Nurseries]],” in ''Magazine of Horticulture'' 7, no. 11 (November 1841): 404. "7. Large palms in '''pots''', or Maltese [[vase]]s, or [[vase]]s made of artificial stone, set on the turf (. . .) 8. [[Rustic_style|Rustic]] basket, for flowers. . ."
is tender or curious into a Pot, for its better and
 
safer Cultivation.
 
  
[Dézallier d’Argenville, A.-J.], 1712, The
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File:1198.jpg|George William Johnson, Flowerpot [[Trellis]] in the Shape of an [[Urn]] or [[Vase]], in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 601, fig. 168.
Theory and Practice of Gardening ([1712] 1969: 77)  
 
  
“CASES and Flower-pots serve likewise for the
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File:1199.jpg|George William Johnson, Flowerpot with [[Trellis]], in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 601, fig. 169.
Embellishment of Gardens. In Cases, are raised
 
Orange-Trees, Jasmins, Pomgranate-Trees, Myrtles,
 
Lawrels, &c. which are regularly placed upon
 
the Parterres of Orangery, . . . to form Walks
 
between these, are put Pots and Vases of Dutch
 
Ware, filled with Flowers of every Season, which
 
are also set upon certain Forms made for that Purpose;
 
or upon the Coping of the Walls of a Terrass,  
 
at a Descent of Steps; or else upon Plinths of
 
Stone, in the Borders and Verges of Grass.
 
  
Cobbett, William, 1819, The American Gardener
+
File:1200.jpg|George William Johnson, The Manner in Which the Wire-[[trellis]] for Climbing Plants is Attached to '''Pots''', in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 602, fig. 170.
  
(1819a: 56)  
+
File:1272.jpg|George William Johnson, Flower '''Pot''', in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 230, fig. 47.
  
“107. The plants [in a green-house], of whatever
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File:1273.jpg|George William Johnson, Flower '''Pot''', in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 230, fig. 48.
sort or size, must be in what the English call
 
pots, and what the Americans call jars.
 
  
Loudon, J. C., 1826, An Encyclopaedia of Gardening  
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File:1274.jpg|George William Johnson, Flower '''Pot''', in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 230, fig. 50.  
(pp. 284–85)
 
  
“1407. Of flower-pots there are several species
+
File:1275.jpg|George William Johnson, Flower '''Pot''', in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 230, fig. 49.
and many varieties.  
 
  
“The common flower-pot is a cylindrical tapering
+
File:1955.jpg|George William Johnson, Floriculture Building, in ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847), 230, fig. 51. "(D D D). . . the position of the '''pots'''. . ."
vessel of burnt clay, with a perforated bottom,  
 
and of which there are ten British sorts, distinguished
 
by their sizes thus. . . .  
 
  
“Common flower-pots are sold by the cast, and
+
File:1611.jpg|Anonymous, “A new '''pot''' constructed to prevent worms from entering at the bottom,” ''Horticulturist'' 6, no. 5 (May 1851): 216, figs. 1 and 2.
the price is generally the same for all the 10 sorts; two pots or a cast of No. 1, costing the same price
+
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as eight pots, or a cast of No. 11.  
 
  
“The store-pot is a broad flat-bottomed pot,
+
===Associated===
used for striking cuttings or raising seedlings.
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“The pot for bulbous roots is narrower and
+
File:0044.jpg|[[Charles Willson Peale]], [[View]] of the garden at [[Belfield]], 1816.
deeper than usual.  
 
  
“The pot for aquatics should have no holes in  
+
File:0581.jpg|Lewis Miller, “Friend after Friend departs. . . ,” in ''Orbis Pictus'' (c. 1849), 119.
the bottom or sides.  
 
  
“The pot for marsh-plants should have three or
+
File:1210.jpg|Anonymous, "An aloe in a common flower pot" and "A Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot," in A. J. Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory of Landscape Gardening'' (1849), 423.  
four small holes in the sides about one third of the
 
depth from its bottom. This third being filled with
 
gravel, and the remainder with soil, the imitation
 
of a marsh will be attended with success.  
 
  
“The stone-ware pot may be of any of the  
+
File:1209a.jpg|Anonymous, "An aloe in a common flower pot" and "A Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot," in A. J. Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory of Landscape Gardening'' (1849), 423, figs. 67
above shapes, but being made of clay, mixed with
 
powdered stone of a certain quality, is much more
 
durable.  
 
  
“The glazed pot is chiefly used for ornament;
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File:1209_1210_merge.jpg|Anonymous, "An aloe in a common flower pot" and "A Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot," in A. J. Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory of Landscape Gardening'' (1849), 423, figs. 67 and 68.
they are generally glazed green, but, for superior
 
occasions, are sculptured and painted, or
 
incrusted, &c.  
 
  
“1408. The propagation-pot . . . has a slit in the
+
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side, from the rim to the hole in the bottom, the
 
use of which is to admit a shoot of a tree for propagation
 
by ringing in the Chinese manner. . . .
 
  
“The square pot is preferred by some for the
+
===Attributed===
three smallest sizes of pots, as containing more
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earth in a given surface of shelf or basis; but they
 
are more expensive at first, less convenient for
 
shifting, and, not admitting of such perfection of
 
form as the circle, do not, in our opinion, merit
 
adoption. They are used in different parts of Lombardy
 
and at Paris.
 
  
“The classic pot is the common material
+
File:0463.jpg|Anonymous, Overmantel painting from Morattico Hall, 1715.
formed into vases, or particular shapes, for aloes
 
and other plants which seldom require shifting,
 
and which are destined to occupy particular spots
 
in gardens or conservatories, or on the terraces
 
and parapets of mansions in the summer season.  
 
  
“The Chinese pot is generally glazed, and wide
+
File:1165.jpg|William Williams, ''Deborah Hall'', 1766.
in proportion to its depth; but some are widest
 
below, with the saucer attached to the bottom of
 
the pot, and the slits on the side of the pot for the
 
exit or absorption of the water. Some ornamental
 
Chinese pots are squared at top and bottom, and
 
bellied out in the middle.  
 
  
“The French pot, instead of one hole in the
+
File:0005.jpg|Amy Cox, attr., ''Box [[Grove]]'', c. 1800.
centre of the bottom to admit water, has several
 
small holes about one eighth of an inch in diameter,  
 
by which worms are excluded. . . .  
 
  
“1412. The plant-box . . . is a substitute for a large
+
File:1195.jpg|Rembrandt Peale, ''Rubens Peale with a Geranium'', 1801.
pot; it is of a cubical figure, and generally formed of
 
  
wood, though in some cases the frame is formed of
+
File:0125.jpg|Mary Antrim, Brick House with Two Foreyards and Animals, 1807. '''Pots''' can been seen on either side of the cow and horse, as well as behind the fowl in the [[yard]].
cast-iron, and the sides of slates cut to fit, and move-
 
able at pleasure. Such boxes are chiefly used for
 
orange-trees.” [Fig. 9]
 
  
Webster, Noah, 1828, An American Dictionary of  
+
File:0326.jpg|William Russell Birch, “The [[View]] from Springland,” in ''The Country [[Seat]]s of the United States'' (1808), pl. 2.  
the English Language (n.p.)
 
  
“POT, n. [Fr. pot; Arm. pod; Ir. pota; Sw. potta;
+
File:1679.jpg|[[Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville|Anne-Marguerite-Henriette Rouillé de Marigny Hyde de Neuville]], ''The Moreau House'', July 2, 1809.
Dan. potte; W. pot,a pot, and potel, a bottle; poten,
 
a pudding, the paunch, something bulging; D. pot;
 
a pot, a stake, a hoard; potten, to hoard.]
 
  
“1. A vessel more deep than broad, made of
+
File:0050.jpg|Hugh Reinagle, ''[[Elgin Botanic Garden|Elgin Garden]] on Fifth Avenue'', c. 1812.
earth, or iron or other metal, used for several
 
domestic purposes; as an iron pot, for boiling
 
meat or vegetables; a pot for holding liquors; a
 
cup, as a pot of ale; and earthern pot for plants,
 
called a flower pot, &c.
 
  
Loudon, Jane, 1845, Gardening for Ladies
+
File:2157.jpg|George Freeman, ''Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper'', 1816.
  
(pp. 211–12)
+
File:0330.jpg|[[Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville|Anne-Marguerite-Henriette Rouillé de Marigny Hyde de Neuville]], attr., ''Tomb du grande Washington au [[Mount Vernon]]'', 1818. Pots are seen at top right between the arches.
  
“FLOWER-POTS are commonly of a red
+
File:0172.jpg|Susanna Heebner, attr., ''House with Six-[[Bed]] Garden'', 1818.
porous kind of earthenware, which is much better
 
for the plants than the more ornamental kinds
 
sold in the china-shops: which from being glazed,
 
and consequently not porous, are apt to retain the
 
moisture so as to be injurious to the roots of the
 
plants. . . . Glazed pots are most suitable for plants
 
kept in balconies, where they are much exposed to
 
the air. . . . There are ten sizes of pots in common
 
use in British gardens, varying from two inches in
 
diameter to a foot and a half. . . . Besides these
 
there are thumb-pots, about an inch in diameter
 
and two inches deep, of which there are eighty to a
 
cast; square stone pots for raising seeds, or striking
 
cuttings, and which are seldom used but by
 
nurserymen; and deep narrow pots for bulbous-
 
rooted plants. Many other shapes have been
 
invented to suit particular purposes, but the above
 
are the only kinds in constant and regular use.
 
  
Johnson, George William, 1847, A Dictionary of
+
File:1018.jpg|Thomas Birch, [[Point Breeze]], c. 1820.
Modern Gardening (p. 228)
 
  
“FLOWER POTS are of various sizes and
+
File:1959.jpg|Anonymous, ''The Convent Garden'', c. 1820–50.
names. . . .  
 
  
“The Philadelphia potters have long pursued
+
File:0464.jpg|Nicolino Calyo, ''Harlem, the Country House of Dr. Edmondson'', 1834.
the plan [whereby pots are classified according to
 
their greatest diameter] proposed by Dr. Lindley,  
 
and those at distant points who may desire to order, have only to express the size in inches, i.e.,  
 
the diameter at top.  
 
  
“The form and material also vary. Mr. Beck
+
File:0440.jpg|Susan C. Waters, ''Brothers'', c. 1845.
makes them very successfully of slate; and the
 
prejudice against glazed pots is now exploded.  
 
  
“It was formerly considered important to have
+
File:1678.jpg|Anonymous, ''Friends Almshouse, Walnut Street, Philadelphia'', c.1848.
the pots made of a material as porous as possible;
 
but a more miserable delusion never was handed
 
down untested from one generation to another.  
 
Stoneware and chinaware are infinitely preferable,  
 
for they keep the roots more uniformly moist and
 
warm. Common garden pots if not plunged,
 
should be thickly painted.
 
  
Downing, A. J., 1849, A Treatise on the Theory and  
+
File:1636.jpg|Robert B. Leuchars, Section of a pit for winter forcing, in ''A Practical Treatise on the Construction, Heating, and Ventilation of Hothouses'' (1850), fig. 3.
Practice of Landscape Gardening (pp. 422–23)
 
  
“There can be no reason why the smallest cottage,
+
File:0438.jpg|Anonymous, ''Leaving the Manor House'', c. 1850–55.
if its occupant be a person of taste, should not
 
have a terrace decorated in a suitable manner. This
 
is easily and cheaply effected by placing neat flowerpots
 
on the parapet, or border and angles of the
 
terrace, with suitable plants growing in them. For
 
this purpose, the American or Century Aloe, a formal
 
architectural-looking plants, is exceedingly well
 
adapted, as it always preserves nearly the same
 
appearance. Or in place of this, the Yuccas, or
 
‘Adam’s needle and thread,’ which have something
 
of the same character, while they also produce
 
beautiful heads of flowers, may be chosen. Yucca
 
flaccida is a fine hardy species, which would look well in such a suitation. An aloe in a common
 
flower pot is shown in Fig. 67; and a Yucca in an
 
ornamental flower-pot in Fig. 68.” [Fig. 10]
 
  
Anonymous, 1 May 1851, “Garden Utensils [from
+
File:1603.jpg|Anonymous, Section of a small, low-cost, wood frame “[[green-house]],''Horticulturist'' 6, no. 1 (January 1851): 18, fig. 1.
The Gardener’s Magazine of Botany]” (Horticulturist  
 
6: 216)
 
  
“Fig. 2 represents a new pot constructed to  
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File:0442.jpg|Anonymous, ''Memorial to Nicholas M. S. Catlin'', c. 1852
prevent worms from entering at the bottom. in
 
[sic] some gardens, where the earth is rich, the
 
earth-worms are very troublesome, especially
 
when the ground is damp. In these localities the
 
worms crawl into the pots by means of the hole at
 
the bottom, and if they commit little injury in the
 
open ground, they are not so harmless among the
 
roots confined in a pot. In order to obviate the
 
evil arising from their intrusion, the new form of
 
pot represented at figure 2, has been invented by
 
  
M. Ghyselin, potter at Brussels. The bottom is distinguished
+
File:0114.jpg|Rubens Peale, ''Old Museum'', 1858–60.
by having three feet, which are only
 
prolongations of the pot. The bottom is thus
 
raised above the ground, and the worms are
 
thereby prevented from entering at the hole. This
 
pot has also the advantage of facilitating the circulation
 
of air, and preventing the stagnation of
 
water. [Worms, however, do not always enter
 
garden-pots through the drainage hole, but sometimes,
 
especially in small pots, from the top.
 
Against this the proposed form offers no safeguard.
 
After all, the best plan is to take care on
 
what foundation the pots are set.]” [Fig. 11]
 
  
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File:1022.jpg|David J. Kennedy, after Charles Alexandre Lesueur (c. 1830), ''Residence of Thomas Say, Esqr. (Naturalist) at New Harmony, Indiana'', 1870.
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History

Fig. 1, Anonymous, Memorial to Nicholas M. S. Catlin, c. 1852
Fig. 2, Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale with a Geranium, 1801.

The plant or flower pot was a flat-bottomed, tubular container that was usually conical in profile, with little ornamentation [Fig. 1]. Pots contrasted with larger and more decorative or sculptural urns and vases also used to grow garden plants.[1] Flower pots, however, could be ornamented in subtle ways. For example, recent archaeological evidence reveals the use of “notched-rim” flower pots and flower pots with “neoclassical rouletting” at Monticello. At Williamsburg, Virginia, other forms have been found. These include a pot dated c. 1740 with a folded rim sloping downward, a later pot with a “triangular-sectioned rim and a cordon immediately below it,” another ornamented with “a shield of arms cast in relief and roughly similar to that of Queen Anne,” and another with “several winged cherubic faces.”[2] Rembrandt Peale’s 1801 portrait of his brother, Rubens, depicts an ornamented flower pot with a scored line and a braid just below its lip [Fig. 2]. Such attention to ornament sometimes extended to saucers that accompanied pots to collect water that drained from them.[3] The size, type, and decoration of such containers depended upon function and plant type, and descriptions of them abound in 19th-century treatises. J. C. Loudon's An Encyclopedia of Gardening (1826), for instance, included specifications for several types of pots, including those designed for the propagation of specialized plant types, such as aquatics.

Fig. 3, David J. Kennedy, after Charles Alexandre Lesueur (c. 1830), Residence of Thomas Say, Esqr. (Naturalist) at New Harmony, Indiana, 1870.

Generally, pots were made of earthenware, clay-fired at low temperatures, and were covered with lead glaze or left unglazed. Occasionally, stoneware (coarse pottery made of clay that contained large amounts of silica, flint, and sand) and Chinese porcelain (translucent stoneware) were used. In 18th-century America, coarse earthenware (typically made from red clay) was chiefly produced in the Northeast. During the first half of the 19th century, the number of American manufacturers producing flower pots increased, as did the range of goods they produced. In the Northeast, potters were limited by coarser clays and continued working in the earthenware tradition. Further south, especially in places like New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia, potters increasingly turned to stoneware in the production of flower pots, thus resulting in much regional variation.[4]

Fig. 4, Anonymous, Friends Almshouse, Walnut Street, Philadelphia, c.1848.

The use of glaze or paint was one point of disagreement. In 1834, seedsman Grant Thorburn, reflecting back upon his career, claimed that painting flower pots green attracted customers. British author George William Johnson underscored the usefulness of painting and glazing—both of which resulted in a glassy finish—because they helped seal in water and thus keep plant roots “more uniformly moist and warm.” On the other hand, English gardener Jane Loudon claimed that it was preferable to use porous material that allowed water to escape. Frequent treatise citations about glazed pots, however, suggest that glazed, painted, and other forms of decorated pots were quite important “embellishments,” to use A. J. Downing's term, for the garden.

Fig. 5, Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville, The Moreau House, July 2, 1809.
Fig. 6, William Russell Birch, “The View from Springland,” in The Country Seats of the United States (1808), pl. 2.

Pots could be moved easily within a space or transferred from indoors to outdoors. William Hamilton, for example, occasionally rearranged his pots according to size in his green- or hothouse and, in good weather, moved them out to a nearby yard. In the painted views of Thomas Say’s garden in New Harmony, Indiana [Fig. 3], and of the Friends Almshouse in Philadelphia [Fig. 4], the artists depict potted plants scattered about the garden as decorative elements in the scene. In a letter to his son Rembrandt, Charles Willson Peale commended his botanist son Rubens for his display of pots around a basin and then painted them in his view of Belfield. At the Moreau House in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, as represented by Anne-Marguerite Hyde de Neuville in 1809, potted plants were used to ornament the barrier demarcating the drive to the house [Fig. 5]. The frequent use of pots in portraits and house views suggests they were an essential part of gardening, becoming emblematic in places where horticulture was seriously pursued. In contrast, vases and urns in gardens and views of gardens were associated with classical culture.

Pots were closely related to boxes or cases. Square containers, often made of wood, were used to house small shrubs and trees, such as oranges, laurels, or myrtles. Boxes, as opposed to pots, could accommodate larger plants and many illustrations of American gardens portray trees in such containers placed in front of structures like piazzas (as at George Washington’s Mount Vernon) and in the garden itself as in the view of Springland, William Russell Birch’s estate near Bristol, Pennsylvania [Fig. 6].

Anne L. Helmreich


Texts

Usage

  • Inventory of Arthur Allen III, 1728, describing the contents of Bacon’s Castle, home of Arthur Allen, Surry County, VA (quoted in Kelso and Most 1990: 25)[5]
“2 flower potts and 2 watring potts.”


  • Custis, John Parke, 1736, describing a request for flower pots made to Captain Friend (quoted in Hume 1974: 46)[6]
“6 flower pots painted green to stand in a chimney to put flowers in the summer time with 2 handles to each pot for conveniency to lift up and down.”


“[May 2]. . . Hilton should [make] some mark immediately on the pot of each newly transplanted exotic, so as to prevent its being disturbed on my return. . . As soon as George has done the above all the exotics should be arranged according to their sizes in the way I directed particularly the pots on the shelves. . .
“[June 2]. . .The pots should be put if possible in a warm situation screen’d from the noon day sun & gently waterd every two or three days. . . If George does as he ought no soul should be suffer’d alone in the pot & Tub enclosure.”


“I enclose a few seeds of high-land rice which was gathered last autumn in the East Indies. . . I have sowed a few seeds in earthen pots. It is a most precious thing if we can save it.”


  • Faris, William, 1795, describing his garden in Annapolis, MD (quoted in Sarudy 1989: 149)[9]
“I moved the Potts into the seller for the Winter. . .”


“Rubens has placed all his Pots round the fountain Bason and it makes a very handsome display the Bason being 13 feet long & 10 wide.”


  • Thorburn, Grant, 1834, describing the painted flower pots sold in his shop in New York, NY (1834: 92–93)[11]
“About this time the ladies in New York were beginning to shew their taste for flowers; and it was customary to sell the empty flower-pots in the grocery-stores; these articles also comprised part of my stock.
“In the fall of the year, when the plants wanted shifting, preparatory to their being placed in the parlour, I was often asked for pots of a handsomer quality, or better make. As I stated above, I was looking round for some other means to support my family. All at once it came into my mind to take and paint some of my common flower-pots with green varnish paint, thinking it would better suit the taste of the ladies than the common brickbat coloured ones. I painted two pair, and exposed them in front of my window. . . They soon drew attention, and were sold. I painted six pair; they soon went the same way. Being thus encouraged, I continued painting and selling to good advantage: this was in the fall of 1802.”


  • Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association, September 23, 1839, describing an exhibitor’s work in Portland, ME (quoted in Watkins 1950: 160)[12]
“165. B. Dodge. Portland, Me. One Earthen Ware Flower Pot. Handsome model and good workmanship; covered with a superior green glaze. The Committee regret that the specimen is confined to this single article, but trust that before long more attention will be paid to this branch of American manufacture. A Diploma.”


  • Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason), October 1845, “Notes of a Visit to several Gardens in the Vicinity of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York” (Magazine of Horticulture 12: 283)[13]
“The Philadelphia potters now manufacture the largest sizes that are needed for plants. We saw here several two feet in diameter and of good proportion; they are far better than the unsightly boxes which are every where used, and we hope to see these pots introduced in their place; they can be obtained for about two and a half to three dollars each, and they are so well made that, with careful handling, they will last any length of time.”


Citations

  • La Quintinie, Jean de, 1683, The Compleat Gard’ner (1683; repr., 1982: n.p.)[14]
“To Pot, is to put or sow any Seed or Plant that is tender or curious into a Pot, for its better and safer Cultivation.”


  • Dezallier d’Argenville, Antoine-Joseph, 1712, The Theory and Practice of Gardening (1712: 77)[15]
“CASES and Flower-pots serve likewise for the Embellishment of Gardens. In Cases, are raised Orange-Trees, Jasmins, Pomgranate-Trees, Myrtles, Lawrels, &c. which are regularly placed upon the Parterres of Orangery, . . . to form Walks between these, are put Pots and Vases of Dutch Ware, filled with Flowers of every Season, which are also set upon certain Forms made for that Purpose; or upon the Coping of the Walls of a Terrass, at a Descent of Steps; or else upon Plinths of Stone, in the Borders and Verges of Grass.”


  • Cobbett, William, 1819, The American Gardener (1819: 56)[16]
“107. The plants [in a green-house], of whatever sort or size, must be in what the English call pots, and what the Americans call jars.”


“1407. Of flower-pots there are several species and many varieties.
The common flower-pot is a cylindrical tapering vessel of burnt clay, with a perforated bottom, and of which there are ten British sorts, distinguished by their sizes thus. . .
Common flower-pots are sold by the cast, and the price is generally the same for all the 10 sorts; two pots or a cast of No. 1, costing the same price as eight pots, or a cast of No. 11.
The store-pot is a broad flat-bottomed pot, used for striking cuttings or raising seedlings.
The pot for bulbous roots is narrower and deeper than usual.
The pot for aquatics should have no holes in the bottom or sides.
The pot for marsh-plants should have three or four small holes in the sides about one third of the depth from its bottom. This third being filled with gravel, and the remainder with soil, the imitation of a marsh will be attended with success.
The stone-ware pot may be of any of the above shapes, but being made of clay, mixed with powdered stone of a certain quality, is much more durable.
The glazed pot is chiefly used for ornament; they are generally glazed green, but, for superior occasions, are sculptured and painted, or incrusted, &c.
“1408. The propagation-pot. . . has a slit in the side, from the rim to the hole in the bottom, the use of which is to admit a shoot of a tree for propagation by ringing in the Chinese manner. . .
The square pot is preferred by some for the three smallest sizes of pots, as containing more earth in a given surface of shelf or basis; but they are more expensive at first, less convenient for shifting, and, not admitting of such perfection of form as the circle, do not, in our opinion, merit adoption. They are used in different parts of Lombardy and at Paris.
The classic pot is the common material formed into vases, or particular shapes, for aloes and other plants which seldom require shifting, and which are destined to occupy particular spots in gardens or conservatories, or on the terraces and parapets of mansions in the summer season.
The Chinese pot is generally glazed, and wide in proportion to its depth; but some are widest below, with the saucer attached to the bottom of the pot, and the slits on the side of the pot for the exit or absorption of the water. Some ornamental Chinese pots are squared at top and bottom, and bellied out in the middle.
Fig. 7, J. C. Loudon, Plant boxes, in An Encyclopædia of Gardening, 4th ed. (1826), 285, figs. 177–79.
The French pot, instead of one hole in the centre of the bottom to admit water, has several small holes about one eighth of an inch in diameter, by which worms are excluded. . .
“1412. The plant-box. . . is a substitute for a large pot; it is of a cubical figure, and generally formed of wood, though in some cases the frame is formed of cast-iron, and the sides of slates cut to fit, and move-able at pleasure. Such boxes are chiefly used for orange-trees.” [Fig. 7]


  • Webster, Noah, 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828: 2:n.p.)[18]
POT, n. [Fr. pot; Arm. pod; Ir. pota; Sw. potta; Dan. potte; W. pot, a pot, and potel, a bottle; poten, a pudding, the paunch, something bulging; D. pot; a pot, a stake, a hoard; potten, to hoard.]
“1. A vessel more deep than broad, made of earth, or iron or other metal, used for several domestic purposes; as an iron pot, for boiling meat or vegetables; a pot for holding liquors; a cup, as a pot of ale; and earthern pot for plants, called a flower pot, &c.”


“FLOWER-POTS are commonly of a red porous kind of earthenware, which is much better for the plants than the more ornamental kinds sold in the china-shops: which from being glazed, and consequently not porous, are apt to retain the moisture so as to be injurious to the roots of the plants. . . Glazed pots are most suitable for plants kept in balconies, where they are much exposed to the air. . . There are ten sizes of pots in common use in British gardens, varying from two inches in diameter to a foot and a half. . . Besides these there are thumb-pots, about an inch in diameter and two inches deep, of which there are eighty to a cast; square stone pots for raising seeds, or striking cuttings, and which are seldom used but by nurserymen; and deep narrow pots for bulbous-rooted plants. Many other shapes have been invented to suit particular purposes, but the above are the only kinds in constant and regular use.”


  • Johnson, George William, 1847, A Dictionary of Modern Gardening (1847: 228)[20]
“FLOWER POTS are of various sizes and names. . .
“The Philadelphia potters have long pursued the plan [whereby pots are classified according to their greatest diameter] proposed by Dr. Lindley, and those at distant points who may desire to order, have only to express the size in inches, i.e., the diameter at top.
“The form and material also vary. Mr. Beck makes them very successfully of slate; and the prejudice against glazed pots is now exploded.
“It was formerly considered important to have the pots made of a material as porous as possible; but a more miserable delusion never was handed down untested from one generation to another. Stoneware and chinaware are infinitely preferable, for they keep the roots more uniformly moist and warm. Common garden pots if not plunged, should be thickly painted.”


Fig. 8, Anonymous, “An aloe in a common flower pot” and “A Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot,” in A. J. Downing, A Treatise on the Theory of Landscape Gardening, 4th ed. (1849), 423, figs. 67 and 68.
“There can be no reason why the smallest cottage, if its occupant be a person of taste, should not have a terrace decorated in a suitable manner. This is easily and cheaply effected by placing neat flower-pots on the parapet, or border and angles of the terrace, with suitable plants growing in them. For this purpose, the American or Century Aloe, a formal architectural-looking plants, is exceedingly well adapted, as it always preserves nearly the same appearance. Or in place of this, the Yuccas, or ‘Adam’s needle and thread,’ which have something of the same character, while they also produce beautiful heads of flowers, may be chosen. Yucca flaccida is a fine hardy species, which would look well in such a suitation. An aloe in a common flower pot is shown in Fig. 67; and a Yucca in an ornamental flower-pot in Fig. 68.” [Fig. 8]


Fig. 9, Anonymous, “A new pot constructed to prevent worms from entering at the bottom,” Horticulturist 6, no. 5 (May 1851): 216, figs. 1 and 2.
  • Anonymous, May 1851, “Garden Utensils [from The Gardener’s Magazine of Botany]” (Horticulturist 6: 216)
“Fig. 2 represents a new pot constructed to prevent worms from entering at the bottom. in [sic] some gardens, where the earth is rich, the earth-worms are very troublesome, especially when the ground is damp. In these localities the worms crawl into the pots by means of the hole at the bottom, and if they commit little injury in the open ground, they are not so harmless among the roots confined in a pot. In order to obviate the evil arising from their intrusion, the new form of pot represented at figure 2, has been invented by M. Ghyselin, potter at Brussels. The bottom is distinguished by having three feet, which are only prolongations of the pot. The bottom is thus raised above the ground, and the worms are thereby prevented from entering at the hole. This pot has also the advantage of facilitating the circulation of air, and preventing the stagnation of water. [Worms, however, do not always enter garden-pots through the drainage hole, but sometimes, especially in small pots, from the top. Against this the proposed form offers no safeguard. After all, the best plan is to take care on what foundation the pots are set.]” [Fig. 9]

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  1. For more about the history of American pottery, see Lura Watkins, Early New England Potters and Their Wares (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1950), view on Zotero, which is still regarded as an authoritative volume. For a more general history, as well as a discussion of contemporary terminology relating to pottery, see Georgeanna H. Greer, American Stoneware: The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters (Exton, PA: Schiffer, 1981), view on Zotero. For recent writings in material culture pertaining to pottery, see, for example, George L. Miller and Ann Smart Martin, “English Ceramics in America,” in Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in American, 1650–1920, ed. Kenneth L. Ames and Gerald W. R. Ward (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1989), view on Zotero, and Winterthur Portfolio 19 (Spring 1984). For additional information on American ceramics, see Susan R. Strong, History of American Ceramics: An Annotated Bibliography (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1983), view on Zotero.
  2. William M. Kelso, “Landscape Archaeology and Garden History Research: Success and Promise at Bacon’s Castle, Monticello, and Poplar Forest, Virginia,” in Garden History: Issues, Approaches, Methods, ed. John Dixon Hunt (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1992), 51, view on Zotero. See also Audrey Noël Hume, “Flowerpots and Urns,” in Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974), 39–61, view on Zotero.
  3. At the c. 1680 garden at Bacon Castle, “coarseware flowerpots and decorated saucer rims” have been uncovered. See Nicholas Luccketti, “Archaeological Excavations at Bacon’s Castle, Surry County, Virginia,” in Earth Patterns, Essays in Landscape Archaeology, ed. William M. Kelso and Rachel Most (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1990), 38, view on Zotero.
  4. Ann Smart Martin and George Miller to Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Anne L. Helmreich, August 5, 1996.
  5. William M. Kelso and Rachel Most, eds., Earth Patterns: Essays in Landscape Archaeology (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990), view on Zotero.
  6. Audrey Noël Hume, “Flowerpots and Urns,” in Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener, Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Series 7 (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg, 1974), view on Zotero.
  7. Karen Madsen, “William Hamilton’s Woodlands,” (paper presented for seminar in American Landscape, 1790–1900, instructed by E. McPeck, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 1988), view on Zotero.
  8. Thomas Jefferson, The Garden Book, ed. Edwin M. Betts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1944), view on Zotero.
  9. Barbara Wells Sarudy, “Eighteenth-Century Gardens of the Chesapeake,” Journal of Garden History 9 (1989): 104–59, view on Zotero.
  10. Kateryna A. Rudnytzky, “The Union of Landscape and Art: Peale’s Garden at Belfield” (Honors thesis, LaSalle University, 1986), view on Zotero.
  11. Grant Thorburn, Forty Years’ Residence in America, or The Doctrine of a Particular Province Exemplified in the Life of Grant Thorburn, the Original Lawrie Todd, Seedsman, New York (London: J. Fraser, 1834), view on Zotero.
  12. Watkins 1950, view on Zotero.
  13. Charles Mason Hovey, “Notes of a Visit to Several Gardens in the Vicinity of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, in October, 1845,” Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and Improvements in Rural Affairs 12, no. 8 (August 1846): 241–48, view on Zotero.
  14. Jean de La Quintinie, The Compleat Gard’ner, or Directions for Cultivating and Right Ordering of Fruit-Gardens and Kitchen Gardens, trans. John Evelyn (1683; repr., New York: Garland, 1982), view on Zotero.
  15. A.-J. (Antoine Joseph), Dézallier d’Argenville, The Theory and Practice of Gardening; Wherein Is Fully Handled All That Relates to Fine Gardens, . . . Containing Divers Plans, and General Dispositions of Gardens. . . , trans. John James (London: Geo. James, 1712), view on Zotero.
  16. William Cobbett, The American Gardener (Claremont, NH: Manufacturing Company, 1819), view on Zotero.
  17. J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening, 4th ed. (London: Longman et al., 1826), view on Zotero.
  18. Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, 2 vols. (New York: S. Converse, 1828), view on Zotero.
  19. Jane Loudon, Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden, ed. A. J. Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845), view on Zotero.
  20. George William Johnson, A Dictionary of Modern Gardening, ed. David Landreth (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847), view on Zotero.
  21. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Downing, A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America, 4th ed. (1849; repr., Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1991), view on Zotero.

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