Pitcher, "Deus Nobis"

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This creamware pitcher is decorated with a transfer print of a ship on one side and a motif of Peace on the other. The motif of peace contains a circular medallion with the allegorical figures of Liberty, Peace, and Plenty each holding their Liberty cap, dove, and cornucopia, respectively. Above them is the text “Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit” which is Latin for “God has given us this era of peace.” The whole medallion is encircled by a chain of 13 links each bearing the name of a state. The other side features a colored transfer print of a ship under sail flying an American flag.
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.
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place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
polychrome (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 9 5/8 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 5/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 21.59 cm x 14.2875 cm
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Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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