White and pink pitcher and washbowl owned by members of the Ellis family
A white ceramic pitcher and washbowl set with a decorative pink floral motif. The pitcher's (.1) top rim is shaped in a scalloped pattern which alternates small and large curves, the largest being shaped into the spout. Opposite the spout is a handle that is attached to the side of the neck at the top and the belly, just below the shoulder, at the bottom. The pitcher sits on a circular foot. The lowest two inches of the belly has a scalloped pattern in the porcelain. The pitcher has a glazed surface. On the smooth exterior surface sits an applied transfer ware floral design in pink. The scalloped rim has a gold line painted along the circumference, as does the ridge at the base of the neck, and down the center of the handle that fork into two lines towards the top.
The white porcelain ceramic washbowl (.2) has a round, wide-mouthed, somewhat shallow bowl. The top rim has a double ridge lip. The bowl sits on a circular ridge of a base. The bowl has a glazed surface. The smooth inside is decorated with an applied transfer ware floral design in pink, while the outside is white with a scallop pattern in the porcelain on the lower half. The upper rim has a gold line painted along the circumference, as does the bowl itself along the top edge of the scallop pattern.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Created by: S. Bridgwood & Son, English, 1805 - 1853
Object number: 2012.42.9.1-.2
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
Medium: porcelain and pigment
Dimensions: H x W x D (.1): 11 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 8 in. (29.2 × 24.1 × 20.3 cm)
Dimensions: H x W x D (.2): 5 1/8 × 15 1/8 × 15 1/8 in. (13 × 38.4 × 38.4 cm)
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Classification: Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Place used: Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights: Public domain