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Lot 246: 1805 Historic Liverpool Creamware AMERICA LAMENTING DEATH OF HER FAVORITE SON
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Historic Liverpool Creamware Pitcher "AMERICA LAMENTING THE DEATH OF HER FAVORITE SON"
c. 1805, Extremely Rare, Historic Memorial Liverpool Creamware Pitcher "AMERICA LAMENTING THE DEATH OF HER FAVORITE SON" and "LIBERTY INDEPENDENCE" (Glebe Poem), Choice Extremely Fine.
This "Extremely Rare," high quality Liverpool Creamware Pitcher measures 6" tall x 3.5" at its base. There are two black transfers displayed. One side has a transfer showing an American Early perched above an oval scene of an bare breasted, beautiful young Native American Indian Princess, representing America, tearfully mourning over a large oval picture of George Washington. In this picture, Washington's portrait faces right, wearing his Generals military uniform. Below that entire scene is the legend reading: "AMERICA LAMENTING THE DEATH OF HER FAVORITE SON." This exact design is listed as being "Extremely Rare," listed as item W.48 shown illustrated on page 208 in the major reference book "Anglo-American Ceramics - Part I" by David Arman.
The opposite side of this impressive Liverpool Memorial Pitcher has yet another very scarce transfer. It displays a central "LIBERTY" Cap on a pole with large bright rays emanating from it. To the left is a Flag with an American Heraldic Eagle at center surrounded by Fifteen Stars (representing the then 15 United States). To the right is a banner flying with various militaria and other decorative devices surrounding a (Glebe Poem) central text. It reads, in full: "As he tills your rich glebe the old peasant shall tell, While his bosom with Liberty glows - How your (General) Warren expired __ how Montgomery fell. - And how WASHINGTON humbled your foes." Below is the large text: "INDEPENDENCE." This being listed in the Arman reference book as L.23 illustrated on page 130.
This highly decorative, quite glorious patriotic Pitcher is the very first of its type and transfer designs we have ever offered. It appears to be nearly new, though there is some modest tone ay the top rim edge and only faint friction to the base rim from previously being placed on display. Likely, that was the only practical use for this important, historic rarity.