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    Extremely Rare Liverpool Creamware Pitcher Depicting The Guillotining Of France's King Louis XVI
    Front features scene of "Massacre of the French King." Below is: "La Guillotine, or the Modern Beheading Machine at Paris. By which the unfortunate Louis XVI (late King of France) suffered on a scaffold, June 21, 1793." Reverse depicts a Medusa-like harridan identified as "French Liberty." She carries a head stuck on a trident, and in the background is a hanged victim of the Revolution. Below: "Atheism, Perjury, Rebellion, Treason, Anarchy, Murder, Equality, Madness, Cruelty, Injustice, Treachery, Ingratitude, Idleness, Famine, National and Private Ruin, Misery." The highly charged politics of the 1790's, in both Britain and America (where this pitcher may well have been marketed) involved extreme polarization over the ongoing Revolution in France. Clearly this item was intended for those opposed to the changes in France! Relates to the familiar Thomas Paine tokens of the time (Paine was a supporter of the French Revolution). An extremely desirable subject, and an exceedingly rare transfer (we consulted with one of the country's leading Liverpool collectors, with nearly 30 years of experience, and he has never seen another example). Condition is beautiful, and all original save for partial restoration of the handle. Height 7 1/4".


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    12th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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