"Longfellow" pitcher

American
about 1880
Wedgwood and Sons, Retailed by Richard Briggs


Object Place: England

Dimensions

15.87 x 23.49 x 16.51 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2000.697

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Bulbous pitcher with strap handle opposite spout, with polychrome decoration including band of inscriptions around neck, and with upper half of body with a star background, with large portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on one side and poem on the other, separated by bands of floral decoration and with additional embellishments.

Inscription

Inscribed: Excelsior/ Hiawatha/ Evangeline/ Miles Standish/ Olden Legend/ Tales of a/ Wayside Inn./ Psalm of the/ Keramos/ Round/ Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and/ Without a pause without a sound: / So spin 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

Markings

Marked: Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Etruria/For/Richard Briggs/Boston/Registered. in Great Britain/ and France/ Also in the / United States.

Stamped Mark: Wedgwood/ABL

Painted: T (?) 920/4

Provenance

Early history unknown; such pitchers were retailed in Boston by Richard Briggs beginning in 1880; from the noted collection of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection