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The focus of this exhibition is the pottery made in Britain and
decorated with dark blue transfer printed American-themed designs that
celebrate the new nation of the United States.
Blue printed pottery had been a staple in trade between
England and America since its introduction in the late 18th century. In the
early years of the 19th century the most popular prints were in a bright azure
blue, available in a wide variety of populist patterns. By about 1818, a richer, darker blue had been
introduced, and although it never replaced the “royal” color, it was produced
by a small number of manufacturers for about 10 or 15 years. It is apparent from retailers’ order books
and archaeological excavations that the darker blue wares enjoyed a brief and
intense popularity from about 1820 to 1830. While most of the patterns made specifically for the
American market continued to be general in nature, there was a small group of dark blue designs that became perhaps the most
desirable of all collectable printed pottery – patterns illustrating the new
nation of the United States - the American
themed patterns that are the focus of this exhibition.
Set in an historical and industrial context, this exhibition
has endeavored to provide the most comprehensive resource for the study of the patterns
of rich blue remembrances of the United States in the 1820s.
You are invited to submit information or digital images of
pattern versions, shapes, colors, and sources not currently included in this
website to further enhance the exhibition. Contact us.