Teapot with Lid

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1830-1840

GUSN

GUSN-46516

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

Descriptive Terms

teapots
porcelain
transfer printing
emancipation
slavery
Porcelain
Transfer Printed
Abolition
Slavery
TEAPOT

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

Dimensions

6 1/2 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Alice and Emil Ahlborn

Accession Number

1961.168A

Places

England (United Kingdom) [country]