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"Longfellow" pitcher

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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...

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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


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


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.

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The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection

American, about 1880

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

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Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware