Pitcher, "Peace, Plenty, and Independence"

Description
This creamware pitcher features both generic and customized decorations. On the front is a print of an American sailing ship with the name “Russell” hand-painted below and the initials “RBT” under the spout., on the reverse of the pitcher is a print of an eagle with its wings spread standing on a cannon above a medallion containing the words, “PEACE, PLENTY, and INDEPENDENCE.” This is flanked by two allegorical figures. The figure on the left represents “plenty” holding a cornucopia, while the one on the right represents “peace” using her torch to set fire to instruments of war. Traces of gilding remain near the lip of the pitcher. Maritime designs are especially common on English-made transfer printed creamware meant for the American market. Stock prints of ships, like the one on this example, were repeatedly used by English ceramics printers. Robert H. McCauley purchased this jug from Colonian Antique Shop in Boston, MA on July 31, 1939 for $65.00.
This pitcher 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pitcher
Physical Description
polychrome (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 9 7/8 in x 10 in x 6 1/4 in; 25.0825 cm x 25.4 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.103
catalog number
63.103
accession number
252565
collector/donor number
360
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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