Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington

Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington
Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington
Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington
Title
Covered pitcher with portrait of George Washington
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Permanent Loan from the Beekman Family Association, 1965
Object Number 
1965.3ab
Marks 
gilded: on exterior: "BH" within gilt beaded border
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).
Provenance 
Estate of Mrs. G. Beekman Hoppin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group