Bowl

Description
This small creamware bowl is decorated with three transfer prints. Decorating the inside of the bowl is a print seen on examples made in Staffordshire and Liverpool. This print features 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.” On the outside of the bowl are two generic prints of a river scene and a man and woman in a country setting. Robert H. McCauley purchased it from Charles Montgomery of White Plains, NY on April 26, 1944 for $12.50.
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. 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
bowl
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 6 in; 6.985 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 2 5/8 in x 6 1/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 15.39875 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.169
catalog number
63.169
accession number
248619
collector/donor number
44-354
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Government, Politics, and Reform
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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