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Longfellow Pitcher

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Glazed earthenware, transfer printed decoration, gilt
  • Place Manufactured: Etruria, Staffordshire, England
  • DATES 1879
    DIMENSIONS 6 11/16 x 8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. (17.0 x 22.5 x 15.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS printed on the bottom in black: "Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Etruria / For / Richard Briggs / Boston / Register in Great Britain / and France / Also in the / United States." impressed: "O / WXH" "WEDGWOOD", hand painted in orange: "33920 / (indistinct)"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.38
    CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Thomas Allen (English, 1831-1915). Longfellow Pitcher, 1879. Glazed earthenware, transfer printed decoration, gilt, 6 11/16 x 8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. (17.0 x 22.5 x 15.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1991.38. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.38_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE side, 1991.38_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pitcher. Glazed earthenware with black transfer printed decoration with green, brown, pink, orange and gilt polychrome. Squat globular body with narrow convex band foot; straight sided neck, applied elongated handle and spout. Black bust of bearded male figure, Longfellow, in oval frame of alternating small black stars and three short gilt striations. Shoulder decorated with continuous band of alternating small orange stars and three dot clusters. Handle with brown underside and continuous dense band of truncated papyrus motif in black and orange to upper side. Neck with continuous dense floral band of pink and orange flowers on green ground with superimposed diagonals containing poems and heroes by Longfellow. Above portrait bust, left to right: "Excelsior"; "Hiawatha"; "Evangeline"; "Miles Standish". Side opposite portrait bust with black printed scene of potter at wheel with pot, paired conventionalized flowers above. At center excerpt from poem "KERAMOS" (labeled above): "Turn, turn my wheel! Turn round and round and / Without a pause without a sound; / So spins the flying world away! / This clay, well mixed with marl and sand, / Follows the motion of my hand; / For some must follow and some command. / Though all are made of clay". To right, vertical floral panel with black ground. Below, ribbon illusionistically wraps two long potter's tools. On neck above: "Golden Legend"; Tales of a Wayside Inn"; Psalm of Life". Condition: The majority of the surface of the brown glaze on the spout is worn away. The ceramic is stained in areas. The surfaces are dirty.
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    Thomas Allen (English, 1831-1915). <em>Longfellow Pitcher</em>, 1879. Glazed earthenware, transfer printed decoration, gilt, 6 11/16 x 8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. (17.0 x 22.5 x 15.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1991.38. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.38_PS5.jpg)