Pitcher

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

ca. 1880

GUSN

GUSN-29906

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

pitchers (vessels)
earthenware
glazing (coating)
painting (coating)
transfer printing
tin (metal)
borders (ornament areas)
floral patterns
poetry
figure- and animal-derived motifs
potters
stars
flowers (plants)
Vessel, Drink Serving
Pitcher
Earthenware
Tin Glazed
Transfer Printed
Painted
Star
Potter
Sunflower
Floral Border
Poetry
Pitcher

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.

Inscription

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.""

Maker

Rhead, George Wolliscroft, 1855-1920 (Artist)
Wedgwood & Co. (Maker)

Object Type

Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels

Dimensions

7 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Capt. Lester S. Couch

Accession Number

1923.392

Places

County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]