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This tureen and fitted lid are transfer printed in a medium blue with border of flowers and leaves surrounding a central scene of the State House in Boston flanked by trees, with three cows in foreground, sheep to the left, and a man with a wheelbarrow in the foreground.
figure- and animal-derived motifs
men (male humans)
"Cherished Possessions": America offered a significant market for English potteries early in the nineteenth century, and ceramics decorated with American views were especially popular. At least six different Staffordshire potteries produced ceramics with views of the Massachusetts State House. The firm of John Rogers and Son made the view a specialty and produced a full set of dinnerware with this design. The view they used, showing the Charles Bulfinch-designed State House with the partially obscured Thomas Hancock house to the left, apparently was based on an 1804 drawing.
John Rogers & Son (Maker)
Longport, England, Staffordshire
10 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 9 (HxWxD) (inches)
In memory of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Harrington