American Art China Company


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In operation



fine Belleek with an exceptionally white base (Barber 1893); thin artware resembling Belleek which was called "American China," in plain, white and decorated" (Lehner 1980:22)


The American Art China Works was located in what was formerly known as the Washington Pottery (Robinson and Feeny 1980:50)

The American Art China Company (also known as Rittenhouse & Evans) was established in 1891. The assets of the business were sold in 1895 (Goldberg 1998:53).

The pottery was taken over by the Acme Porcelain Works in 1895.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1892-94. “Fitzgerald’s Trenton and Mercer County Directory, Together with a Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, NJ and Morrisville, PA, Included a Fund of Information Concerning Public and Private Institutions, National, State, County, City and Borough Governments, Gathered from Reliable and Official Sources.” Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

Barber, Edwin Attlee. 1893. “The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, New York.

Jervis, William P. 1897. “A Book of Pottery Marks.” Press of Hayes Bros., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Newark Museum Association. 1914. “The Work of The Potteries of New Jersey: From 1685 to 1876 , Being Extracts from ‘The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States,’ by Edwin Atlee Barber and Marks of New Jersey Potteries, as Reproduced from ‘Pottery,’ Published by The Thomas Maddock’s Sons Company.” Newark Museum Association, Newark, New Jersey.

Thorn, C. Jordan. 1947. “Handbook of Old Pottery & Porcelain Marks.” Tudor Publishing Company, New York, New York.

Lehner, Lois. 1980. “Complete Book of American Kichen and Dinner Wares.” Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Des Moines, Iowa.

Robinson, Dorothy and Bill Feeny. 1980. “The Official Price Guide to American Pottery & Porcelain.” House of Collectibles, Orlando, Florida.

Gaston, Mary Frank. 1984. “American Belleek.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Lehner, Lois. 1988. “Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay.” Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky.

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. 1989. “American Porcelain, 1770-1920.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.

Goldberg, David J. 1998. “Preliminary Notes on the Pioneer Potters and Potteries of Trenton, N.J.: The First Thirty Years – 1852 – 1882 (And Beyond).” Privately published, Trenton, New Jersey.

Other Names

American Art China Company; American Art Company; Rittenhouse & Evans; Rittenhouse, Evans & Company

Block and Lot:
208C/224-234, 1118-1122, 1178-1180

Historic Street Address:
228-238 Breunig Avenue; 224 Breunig Avenue; 226 Breunig Avenue

City of Trenton