|Gift of Huldah Cail Lorimer |
in memory of George Burford Lorimer (The Brooklyn Museum)
This tile so full of charm was a gift, as you see in the photo's credit line. Huldah Cail Lorimer (later Huldah Mingledorff) presented this and a great many other 18th and 19th century folk ceramics to the Brooklyn Museum. They'd belonged to her late husband, the writer and editor George Burford Lorimer, who in turn had inherited them from his father. This is where the story gets interesting. George Burford Lorimer's father was George Horace Lorimer (1867-1937), the editor under whose leadership the Saturday Evening Post reached readership in the millions. Lorimer senior promoted the inclusion in the Post of such American greats as Jack London and Sinclair Lewis. Then apparently he went home and collected folk art to relax. I'm being flip there, but I don't feel I'm wrong. It makes sense to me that a man who was trying to bring the best of American literary craft to everyone would be attracted to other authentic crafts.
Bonus: if the link will work for you, here's a 1977 story in The New York Times about Huldah, the collection, and a dispute.