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This creamware bowl was made by Thomas Fell & Company of Newcastle, England around 1809. The interior of the bowl depicts the a spread-winged eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in another, a scroll reading “E Pluribus Unum” in its beak, fifteen stars above it, with the U.S. shield at its chest. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with transfer printed oval portraits of United States Naval Commodores including John Paul Jones, Esek Hopkins, John Barry, and William Bainbridge.
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. 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
Thomas Fell and Company
place made
United Kingdom: England, Northumberland
Physical Description
monochrome, brown (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic (overall material)
transfer printed (joint piece production method/technique)
overall: 4 7/16 in x 14 1/2 in; 11.27125 cm x 36.83 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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