Bowl

Description
This transfer printed creamware bowl is decorated with an interior print of John Hancock and exterior prints of pastoral scenes. John Hancock is facing left in his portrait, on a ribbon below are the words “The Honourable John Hancock.”
This bowl is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the bowl to tell us who made it, but it is characteristic of wares made in large volume for the American market in both Staffordshire and Liverpool between 1790 and 1820. Pitchers of this shape, with a cream colored glaze over a pale earthenware clay, known as Liverpool type, were the most common vessels to feature transfer prints with subjects commemorating events and significant figures in the early decades of United States’ history. Notwithstanding the tense relationship between Britain and America, Liverpool and Staffordshire printers and potters seized the commercial opportunity offered them in the production of transfer printed earthenwares celebrating the heroes, the military victories, and the virtues of the young republic, and frequently all of these things at once.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bowl
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 8 3/4 in; x 22.225 cm
overall: 3 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in; 9.8425 cm x 22.5425 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.129
catalog number
63.129
accession number
248619
collector/donor number
47-371
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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