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Pitcher

Object Number: 
1961.310
Date: 
1792-1796
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 12.4 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
printed: under each portrait: "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT"; "DR FRANKLIN"
Description: 
Glazed pearlware pitcher with base of spout and handle terminus and thumbpad molded with leaf in low relief, bulbous body printed in blue with three images; two male portrait busts (Benjamin Franklin and George Washington) and one medallion with two classically dressed figures; borders show rosettes on ribbon-wrapped reeded band.
Gallery Label: 
This transfer-printed pitcher, one of three known in this pattern, is one of the earliest known examples of Staffordshire pottery made specifically for the American market. A similar example, printed in black, is at the Smithsonian Institution.
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