Bowl

Description
This transfer printed creamware bowl was made by Samuel Moore and Company of Durham, England during the early 19th century. The interior of the bowl features a print of a ship under sail flying an American flag. The exterior of the bowl features four prints on each side of bowl. A small oval portrait of George Washington is opposite a small oval portrait of Martha Washington, while a spread-winged U.S. eagle is on the other two opposing sides.
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. Porcelain 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
bowl
maker
Samuel Moore and Company
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 4 5/8 in x 14 3/4 in; 11.7475 cm x 37.465 cm
overall: 4 13/16 in x 14 7/8 in; 12.22375 cm x 37.7825 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Durham
ID Number
CE*63.148
catalog number
63.148
accession number
248619
collector/donor number
41-328
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Government, Politics, and Reform
Art
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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