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Posset Pot and Cover

Decorative Arts

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
Posset was a beverage made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and flavored with spices. Although the liquids would have been produced locally, the spices in the mixture came from the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East. The control of spices and the wealth derived from them were important incentives for global exploration and expansion.

This posset pot was produced in Bristol, a city in southwestern England that served as the primary port for the trade of enslaved Africans from Britain to the colonies. It is recorded that more than five hundred thousand Africans were sent from Bristol to toil throughout the Americas.
MEDIUM Ceramic, glaze, polychrome glazes
DATES ca.1700
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.1 x 15.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 66.31a-b
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Posset Pot and Cover, ca.1700. Ceramic, glaze, polychrome glazes, 7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.1 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 66.31a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.31_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 66.31_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2020
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 <em>Posset Pot and Cover</em>, ca.1700. Ceramic, glaze, polychrome glazes, 7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.1 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 66.31a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.31_PS11.jpg)