Small 19th C. Staffordshire Parian Pitcher with George Washington in Relief
Unglazed cream-colored Parian pitcher molded with bas-relief images having a high level of detail. Circa 1850- 1875.
Dimensions: Approximately 5 ½” tall.
One side shows Washington standing beside a podium with a sword and a scroll lightly inscribed "AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE".
The other side shows Washington embracing an elderly woman. This scene is described as "Washington Taking Leave of His Mother."
The front features American flags and a Phrygian cap above a striped shield.
The molded handle is in the form of bamboo. On the body under the handle are American flags.
The are two tiny pins at the rim above the handle which do not affect condition. These may have been remnants of a pewter lid, with which are found on some Washington pitchers.
These George Washington parian pitchers have been attributed to Mintons, Stoke-on-Trent. I have also seen examples with a raised mark on the base for Edward Walley, Cobridge, Staffordshire.
Parianware, also called statuary marble, were unglazed ceramics intended as an inexpensive alternative to statuary marble and Sevres biscuit porcelain for the Victorian middle class. It was relatively inexpensive because it was easily manufactured by slip casting.