Pitcher: Lafayette The Nations Guest

Object Number: 
1961.303
Date: 
1824-1840
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 8 7/8 x 7 in. ( 21 x 22.5 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in black on panel #1: "FAYETTE' "THE NATION'S GUEST" printed: in black on panel #2: "WASHINGTON" "HIS COUNTRY'S FATHER" printed: in black on panel # 3: "REPUBLICANS Are not Always[sic] UNGRATEFUL" "Richard Hall & Son " printed: in black around
Description: 
Molded creamware pitcher, bulbous with cylindrical neck and slightly scrolled handle; black transfer printed decoration on both sides and under spout depicting 1) Bust of Lafayette in medallion, 2) Bust of Washington in medallion, 3) (Under spout) spread eagle with stars, arrows, and laurel; the neck is banded in black, and there are black hand painted decorations on the spout and handle.
Gallery Label: 
This item is similar to 1961.313 and INV. 12717. There is also a handwritten note on the inside which reads "Gen. Sheperd/ Born in Westfield,[MASS] and served under Gen. Washington/ Purchased at Old Sheperd Homestead in Westfield,/ home of a direct descendant."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
Provenance: 
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group