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    James Madison: Rare Liverpool Creamware Pitcher. When Madison was inaugurated president in 1809 it appears that the pottery makers of Liverpool had no available likenesses. Anxious to take advantage of demand for an object celebrating the new president, they simply employed the transfer of Thomas Jefferson which had been used for years on pitchers exported to American, and changed the name to "James Madison." Shortly thereafter, incidents at sea leading up to the War of 1812 brought a temporary end to the lucrative trade, so no correct portrait of Madison was ever introduced. This is one of the very few obtainable display items honoring our fourth president.

    Transfer of Federal eagle under spout, and patriotic scene of "Peace, Plenty, and Independence" on reverse. Cabinet display appearance is very good, although the pitcher was once broken cleanly into several large pieces. The break lines are clearly visible from the inside, but basic restoration has largely concealed the cracks on the exterior. Light soiling/staining is noted for accuracy, but detracts minimally. All in all a quite presentable, affordable example of a rare Liverpool pitcher. Height 7.75".


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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