Europe; United Kingdom; Great Britain; England; Staffordshire
Pitcher, ca. 1810
Refined earthenware (creamware); transfer printed with polychrome pigments and lead glaze
Overall: 10 in x 9 9/16 in x 7 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 24.3 cm x 18.4 cm
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
MH SK 2006.487.INV
This large pitcher is decorated with an American trade ship above the banner "Suc-cess to Trade" accompanied by the Great Seal of the United States with a quote from Thomas Jefferson's first presidential inauguration speech. These pro-American themes reveal British ceramic manufacturers attempting to appeal to the hearts and wallets of American consumers. This trend began at a time of tentative relations between the two nations—just after the Revolution and before the War of 1812. The print on the verso entitled "A Man of War towing a Frigate into Harbour" portrays a British warship with what might be a seized American vessel – one of the issues that led to the War of 1812. If so, this would be an ironic illustration for the British manufactures to include on a pro-trade pitcher.