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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.
Vessel, Drink Serving
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."
Enoch Wood & Sons (Maker)
Burslem, England, Staffordshire
12 1/2 x 11 x 7 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Bridge