Teapot and lid
Overall: 8 1/4 x 12 x 5 1/4 in. ( 21 x 30.5 x 13.3 cm )
printed: on collector's label on underside of teapot: "285" printed: on collector's label on underside of lid: "44"
Molded pearlware teapot with dark blue transfer print of Lafayette at Franklin's tomb; overall rectangular shape with flaring top, projecting molded rib, bulbous middle, and rectangular foot; scrolling strap handle and S-shaped paneled spout; lid, spout, handle, and area above rib transfer-printed with floral decoration; bulbous section (both sides) transfer printed with mourning scene of man (Lafayette) at tomb marked "FRANKLIN"; temple, ship, and rising sun in distance. Domed rectangular lid with pointed rectangular finial; vent hole.
Fanciful tombs and grave sites of American heroes were popular subjects on historic blue Staffordshire. This printed image is exactly the same as another Enoch Wood & Sons view of Lafayette mourning Washington, except the name on the tomb is changed.
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.