Roast Dish (New York from Heights Brooklyn)
Marks: Impressed "STEVENSON WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE" in double circle with crown inside.
Blue printed eagle looking left with "E PLURIBUS UNUM" on scroll in beak, olive branch and arrows in talons, "New York From Heights Near Brooklyn" printed in arch above, "W.G. Wall Esq." in script under eagle's right wing.
Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt
Source of view: painting by William Guy Wall, engraved by I. J. Hill, published by W.G. Wall, 1823.
Vegetable dish, earthenware, chamfered corners, slightly scalloped outline, blue transfer printed decoration. Lacks cover.
Border: Flowers and scrolls; View: New York from heights near Brooklyn. Foreground: two figures on bluff, one lolling on ground, other standing with bundle tied to stock over shoulder. Trees and rocks to left, bluff sloping to river on right with a few trees on the lower slope. Middle ground: River with spit of land coming out from right. Buildings and shrubs on spit of land.
Five sailboats beyond in the river, some with sails up. Windmill and (?) lighthouse to right. Distance: waterfront of far bank, with many more ships, buildings behind, nine cupolas and /or steeples. Woodlands beyond with clouds above.
Maker: Andrew Stevenson
Condition: Chip out glaze in bottom border, also at top right border. Crazing on front and back.
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Andrew Stevenson (1808-1829). Roast Dish (New York from Heights Brooklyn), ca. 1825. Earthenware, 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, 12.900.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.900.3_glass_bw.jpg)
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Was this made in America?
This blue and white dish was made in 1825 by Andrew Stevenson, a potter working in Staffordshire, England. They were exported to the United States. Ceramics with scenes of the American landscapes were popular in the United States, where they were an expression of national pride.
I'm curious about this piece. Why was an earthenware company in England depicting New York in the 1820s?
That's a great question. The potter Andrew Stevenson had offices in both England and New York. His imported ceramic vessels featuring scenes of the American landscape were extremely popular; Stevenson and his company produced over twenty designs of American scenes. "New York From Heights Near Brooklyn" is based on a watercolor by the Irish artist William Guy Wall, and shows a view of Red Hook, Brooklyn in the foreground. Americans would purchase and display these as an expression of national pride.