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Pitcher

1923.392 (RS32428)

Description

This ceramic pitcher is decorated with a tranfer-printed design and portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": By the middle of the nineteenth century Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American celebrity, whose poems Hiawatha and Evangeline, among others, had resulted in universal acclaim. When Longfellow's poem Keramos was published in 1877, Richard Briggs, who claimed that his Boston, Massachusetts, china store was the nation's oldest, saw an opportunity to profit from the poet's popularity. Briggs traveled to England and commissioned the Wedgwood Company to make a pitcher commemorating Longfellow's work.
Maker
Rhead, George Wolliscroft, 1855-1920 (Artist)
Wedgwood & Co. (Maker)
Date
ca. 1880
Inscriptions
On bottom: Impressed: ""WEDGWOOD T"" [and illeg. marks] Printed: ""Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Etruria/ For/ Richard Briggs/ Boston/ Registered in Great Britain/ and France/ Also in the/ United States.""
Material
earthenware
glazing (coating)
painting (coating)
tin (metal)
transfer printing
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Places
County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]
Descriptive terms
borders (ornament areas)
earthenware
Earthenware
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Floral Border
floral patterns
flowers (plants)
glazing (coating)
Painted
painting (coating)
Pitcher
pitchers (vessels)
poetry
Poetry
Potter
potters
Star
stars
Sunflower
tin (metal)
Tin Glazed
Transfer Printed
transfer printing
Vessel, Drink Serving
People and organizations
Briggs, Richard
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Dimensions
7 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
1923.392
Credit Line
Gift of Capt. Lester S. Couch
GUSN
29906

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