c. 1800, George Washington Historical Liverpool Creamware Pitcher, “Ascending In To Glory” legend, 15-Star United States Flag Sailing Ship with large Heraldic American Eagle vignette Transfers, Choice Extremely Fine.This Historical Liverpool Pitcher is excellent for display. It measures 9.5” tall and is 5.25” at its base. Produced for the American Market in England as a decorative George Washington Patriotic Commemorative Memorial Tribute. The surfaces are extremely clean, glossy and have nice transfers. There is one fine hairline inside the pitcher at its spout, as is typical when made as the spout was added, then fired. The main transfer legend reads “Ascending into Glory” shown listed as W.41 on page 206 of Arman’s book, “Anglo-American Ceramics” (1998).
This Pitcher displays President Washington dressed in Roman style robes, being carried up to Heaven by an American Eagle and Angel. The imagery of “Liberty” sits below with her head in her hand in mourning, while two other figures watch his ascension. Below, George Washington is a Plaque which reads: “Sacred to the Memory of Washington” including his birth and death dates. The upper portion of the scene has five Winged Cherubs watching. The opposite side displays a large Three Masted American Sailing Ship flying a 15-Star American Flag, of a transfer design variety unlisted in Arman. In 1795, two stars were added, representing Kentucky and Vermont, bringing the total number of stars to 15.
Under the spout is a Seal of the United States, listed as S.17 (without the Jefferson quote) shown on page 163 in Arman. It shows a American Heraldic Eagle with ribbon in it’s beak inscribed with the motto: “E Pluribus Unum”. Overall, this is one of the finest quality examples of this type we have offered.