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Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington

Object Number: 
1965.3ab
Date: 
1810-20
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/4 x 9 x 6 1/2 in. ( 28.6 x 22.9 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
gilded: on exterior: "BH" within gilt beaded border
Description: 
Porcelain covered pitcher with gilt reeded intertwined handle with gilt blossom and branch terminals; domed cover with gilt rim and foo dog knop; gilt beaded oval medallion with grisaille portrait of George Washington and identical medallion on opposite side with gilt initials of Benjamin Hoppin.
Gallery Label: 
This covered pitcher, or cider jug, bears the gilt initials of Providence merchant Benjamin Hoppin (1777-1865). Hoppin was a partner in the firm of Wetmore, Hoppin & Co., a New York subsidiary of the large Providence firm Edward Carrington & Co., which engaged chiefly in the China trade and textile manufacturing. One side of the pitcher is decorated with a grisaille portrait of Washington from a stipple engraving by David Edwin after the portrait by Gilbert Stuart. The pitcher was intended for cider or 'small beer' (beer low in alcohol content).
Credit Line: 
Permanent Loan from the Beekman Family Association, 1965
Provenance: 
Estate of Mrs. G. Beekman Hoppin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group