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New online exhibit features American Staffordshire pottery

November 10, 2011

Transferware Pitcher and Bowl
Blue and white transferware bowl and pitcher set with an image of the Boston State House, made by Staffordshire potter John Rogers, circa 1815-1830.

 

The new online exhibition Patriotic America showcases a specific type of pottery popularized in the early nineteenth century.

Detail of image on transferware bowl and pitcher set
This detail of the image on the pitcher shows the cows that were allowed to graze on the Boston Common until they were banned in 1830.

Responding to the wave of patriotism surrounding the birth of the United States, British potters decorated ceramic objects with dark blue prints that celebrated American landmarks and themes. The resulting wares presented an illustrated guide to the young republic's great cities, buildings, and scenic views. 

Staffordshire potter John Rogers produced at least thirty-two different forms with the popular view pictured here. Other potters in the area such as Stubbs, Stevenson, and  Enoch Wood also produced a Boston State House pattern very similar to Rogers'.

Historic New England partnered with the Transferware Collectors Club and Winterthur Museum on this project. Explore the exhibition

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New online exhibit features American Staffordshire pottery