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Double-Handled Whiskey Jug

before 1918 Franklin Lafayette ("Fate") Becham Born: Georgia 1871 Died: Georgia 1958 alkaline glaze stoneware 17 5/8 x 13 1/8 in. (44.8 x 33.3 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B


Luce Center Label

The initials "FLB" on the handle of this jug mark this as the work of Fate Becham, although the whole family used the same beehive shape and alkaline glaze in their work. He made the "tobacco spit" or "rock" glaze by adding pieces of iron-bearing materials to a lime mixture. In the kiln, the glaze melted and ran down the pot to create the mottled appearance (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990).

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - stoneware

About Franklin Lafayette ("Fate") Becham

Born: Georgia 1871 Died: Georgia 1958