Tureen

Description
This creamware tureen with cover is decorated with transfer prints. On its cover, which is currently stuck, are four different prints of birds on branches. On the body of the tureen is a print of a scene outside of a tavern. On the reverse is a print featuring a portrait of George Washington flanked by the allegorical figures of Liberty and Justice. Cartoon bubbles stretch from their mouths. Justice proclaims, -“Deafness to the Ear that will patiently hear & Dumbness to the tongue that will utter a Calumny against the immortal Washington.” Liberty is pointing to Washington as she says, “My Favorite Son.” Below the portrait is the statement, “Long live the president of the United States.” This print bear the mark of Francis Morris of Shelton, England. Both the cover and handles of the tureen are accented with black ink. At the time, a tureen like this one would have been a relatively expensive item due to its decoration and size. Therefore, this tureen would not have been meant for daily use, but for display or for the entertainment of guests. It served as a material expression of patriotism.
Robert H. McCauley purchased this tureen from Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City on May 17, 1944 for $75.00 as part of the Mrs. J. Amory Haskell collection. Margaret Haskell was the wife of J. Amory Haskell, an executive in DuPont Chemical Company. Mrs. Haskell owned a large collection of American antiques.
This tureen is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the tureen 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 style, with a cream colored glaze over a pale earthenware clay, known as Liverpool type commonly featured 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
tureen
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 12 1/8 in; 17.78 cm x 30.7975 cm
overall: 7 1/4 in x 12 1/8 in x 11 in; 18.415 cm x 30.7975 cm x 27.94 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.170ab
catalog number
63.170ab
accession number
248619
collector/donor number
44-356
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Government, Politics, and Reform
Military
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
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McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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