Historical Staffordshire Liverpool commemorative transfer decorated creamware pitcher depicting the Apotheosis of Washington to one side, after the print by John James Barralet (Pennsylvania, 1747-1815); an American maritime ship bearing a US 16-star flag to the other side; and the “chicken leg” Eagle Seal of the United States beneath the spout. Rim, spout, body and base with hand painted gilt decoration including floral sprigs, swags, and highlights. Red museum deaccession number along the lower edge. 11 1/2″ H x 11 1/2″ W. Late 18th/early 19th century. Note: Pitchers such as this were made to commemorate the death of President George Washington in 1799. The Apotheosis of Washington scene depicts him being raised from his tomb by two winged figures representing Immortality and Father Time. At the left are allegorical figures of Faith, Hope, and Charity above a spread winged bald eagle perched on the US shield with a banner reading “E Pluribus Unum” in its beak. Below Washington is an allegorical figure of Liberty and a Native American (representing the Western Hemisphere) seated among Washington’s armor, sword, and a fasces–iconography of his military and political career. (Courtesy of The Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History). Provenance: Previously deaccessioned from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, East Tennessee collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition, no apparent repairs noted under UV inspection. Scattered wear and losses to applied gilt decoration.
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