Mug

Description
This creamware mug is decorated with a transfer print portrait of John Adams on one side and the Arms of the United States of America on the other.
This mug is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the mug 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. Ceramics 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
mug
Physical Description
monochrome, red (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 2 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 9.525 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
CE*63.158
catalog number
63.158
accession number
252565
collector/donor number
41-304
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
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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