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This small creamware bowl is decorated with several transfer prints. The exterior of the bowl features four prints, the first two are portrait images of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington on opposite sides of the bowl. The third print is a vignette of a lady and a sailor while the fourth print features a short ditty: “Long may we live./happy may we be./blest with content/ and from misfortunes free.”vThe bottom of the bowl features a transfer print of the battle between the French frigate L’Insurgent and the American frigate Constellation.
This bowl is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the pitcher 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.
Currently not on view
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 3 13/16 in x 8 5/8 in; 9.68375 cm x 21.9075 cm
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Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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