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"An Emblem of America" Liverpool Creamware Pitcher
c. 1800 Federal Period, American Heraldic Eagle Liverpool Creamware Pitcher, also picturing Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others, Choice Very Fine.
This very historic theme and exceptional Liverpool Creamware Pitcher measures about 9.5" tall and 6" in diameter at its base. One side features a rare transfer of: "An Emblem of America," that features a Standing Figure of "Liberty" with an American Flag, who is also flanked by two native American Indians at left, plus seven ornate small oval portraits of American historical figures, beginning with Christopher Columbus and ending with John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin along the right side. This transfer is listed as "A.22" on page 66 of "Anglo-American Ceramics Part I" by David & Linda Arman. The transfer image on the other side of this Pitcher features an American Heraldic Eagle holding a ribbon reading "Pluribus Unum." This transfer is listed as "P.37" on page 154 of the Arman book. Beneath the spout is a nice transfer image of a Merchant Ship. This is a somewhat larger size Liverpool Creamware Pitcher that is excellent of display.
Historical (1760 to 1820) "Liverpool Creamware" is the collector name generally given to pottery produced in England during the mid-18th and into the early-19th century. These decorative pieces were produced by expert potters who were obsessed with the idea of copying quality Chinese porcelain, then considered to be the highest quality ceramic available. Certain potters, such as Josiah Wedgewood, Thomas Whieldon and Josiah Spode, made improvements to the existing earthenwares which they named "Creamware" (or in Wedgewood's case "Queensware").

This thin earthenware was dipped into a clear glaze, which combined with the natural impurities of the clay to give the ware a creamy, pale yellow tint. Creamware is readily identifiable as a pottery having a cream-colored body and a perfectly clear glaze. The earliest transfer prints were applied over the glazes of the creamware, a practice which continued well into the 19th century.

The dates of production of Liverpool Creamware ran from 1760 to 1820, with the Revolutionary War figures and events predominant. Normally all of the transfer prints were done in black, with the exceptions of a very few pieces found with transfers in red, rust, carmine, sepia, lavender, or green. The latter three are really quite rare. Certain Liverpool potters made it a practice to embellish the black transfers with a variety of hand-applied enamels in red, blue, green, yellow and brown. (See Arman: "Anglo-American Ceramics Part I" pages 11-21).
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