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Coffeepot

1950.277AB (RS136546)

Description

This large coffeepot is transfer printed in dark blue with a large flower in wreath outer border and an inner border of seashells surrounding a central scene of a sailboat in the moonlihgt on a small lake with Wadsworth Tower in the background. The coffeepot has a tall footring, C-curved handle, and a bell-shaped lid with a beehive finial.

Details

Label
One of many views related to the early United States and its history that appear in the online exhibit "Patriotic America." The tower is located on Talcott Mountain, overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and lake. It was built in 1810 by Daniel Wadsworth as part of his estate, "Monte Video." Hexagonal in shape and 55 feet tall, the tower became a popular tourist destination, as Wadsworth opened Monte Video to the public for their use. The tower was blown down in 1840, rebuilt, and finally burned down. An early focus of the picturesque act of looking at scenery, the Tower was a popular focus for artists. Wadsworth himself sketched it for a guidebook/memoir published by his brother-in-law Benjamin Silliman in 1820. Thomas Cole painted in as one of a series of scenic canvases commissioned by Wadsworth in 1826-1828. The well-known local poet Lydia Sigourney penned an ode to it as part of her 1844 "Scenes in my Native Land."
Maker
Enoch Wood & Sons (Maker)
Date
1820-1830
Location of origin
Burslem, England, Staffordshire
Material
glazing (coating)
pearlware
transfer printing
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Descriptive terms
Coffeepot
coffeepots
glazing (coating)
pearlware
transfer printing
Vessel, Drink Serving
Dimensions
12 1/2 x 11 x 7 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1950.277AB
Credit Line
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Bridge
GUSN
45156

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