Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Standing Stag figure, 1852

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The US Pottery Company in Bennington made press molded ceramic figurines for middle class American households. Standing poodles and lions and reclining cows and deer were among their popular wares. This standing stag with its delicate legs was made by the pottery for its display at the 1853 New York Crystal Palace. The pottery was particularly known for their vibrant mottled glazes, called "flint enamel ware." The founder, Christopher Webber Fenton, had patented a particular method of applying the glaze. The company also made common white tableware and toilet sets as well as fancy parian ware pieces.

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