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Teapot with Lid

1961.168A (RS32682)

Description

White body with a lobed rim; dark brown printed image of supplicant, chained slave near palm tree (taken from emblem of English Society for the Abolition of Slave Trade.) Squat lobed body, circular; scrolled feet; scrolled, lobed handle and spout.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This teapot is part of a set that belonged to James Buffum, a Quaker from Lynn, Massachusetts. Buffum was an abolitionist who traveled to England on a speaking tour with Frederick Douglass, a former slave and a renowned author. The image on the teapot is from the insignia of the English Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, originally produced in 1787 by the ceramics factory of Josiah Wedgwood. Missing on this version is the inscription that usually encircles the insignia: "Am I not a man and a brother?"
Maker
unknown
Date
1830-1840
Material
porcelain
transfer printing
Object type
Food Service T&E
Places
England (United Kingdom) [country]
Descriptive terms
Abolition
emancipation
porcelain
Porcelain
Slavery
slavery
TEAPOT
teapots
Transfer Printed
transfer printing
Dimensions
6 1/2 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
1961.168A
Credit Line
Gift of Alice and Emil Ahlborn
GUSN
46516

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