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MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
DATES ca. 1805
DIMENSIONS Height: 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) Base diameter: 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm) Top diameter: 4 in. (10.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Caroline Low and Charles T. Pierce
PROVENANCE Prior to 1932, provenance not yet documented; by 1932, acquired by Caroline Low Pierce and Charles Taylor Pierce of Brooklyn, NY and Riverside, CT; 1932, bequeathed by Caroline Low Pierce and Charles T. Pierce to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pitcher, cream-colored earthenware, bulge at center, plain handle, gold decoration painted around top and bottom, border of gold lattice work, overglaze black transfer-printed views: one polychrome, others black. Views: square-rigged three-masted schooner flying American flag with fifteen stars. Trumpeting angel as figurehead. Ship is yellow with black below; water is green. "THE FAME" painted below. Under spout: "JOHN VOSE" in a swagged and scalloped oval. Below is a spread eagle looking left with olive branch and arrows in talons, shield on chest, "PLURIBUS UNUM" on banner in beak, thirteen stars above. Reverse: Memorial to Washington. Large eagle with wings outspread in left foreground. Woman in white on right leans on monument, bowing her head in her hand. Monument in center has a portrait with "GEORGE WASHINGTON" printed below. Monument is an obelisk on a large base, crowned with a low urn. Willows on each side frame the monument. All enclosed in an oval with banner above saying "WASHINGTON IN GLORY" (black on white), banner below reads "AMERICA IN TEARS" (white on black). Condition: Gold decoration badly worn. Eight spots on rim where glaze is gone. One large spot on spout where glaze is chipped. Crack on bottom surrounded by crazing.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Unknown. Pitcher, ca. 1805. Glazed earthenware, Height: 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Caroline Low and Charles T. Pierce, 32.142.63. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.142.63_view01_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 32.142.63_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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