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Success to America

Creamware for the American Market

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Success to America by Patricia A. Halfpenny
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This book showcases the world's finest collection of English creamware made for American customers in the 1760-1820 period. It includes pottery that memorialises revolutionary heroes and newly elected presidents; depicts the early 19th-century firefighters of Boston; illustrates the struggle for liberty and the battle to end slavery; and records naval battles and scenes of early American life with hand-painted and transfer printed images on the smooth shiny glaze of English creamware. Despite political embargoes, declarations of war, and skirmishes on land and sea, British potters were able to provide goods so desirable and meaningful to the American market that they transcended the frequent hostilities. At every opportunity sympathetic English potters celebrated and commemorated the American cause, eager to secure the custom of this emerging nation. These wares capture the spirit of America. They have been saved, passed down as heirlooms, and been a source of pleasure for collectors. Through the generosity of his family and friends, Winterthur is able to share the S. Robert Teitelman collection, which celebrates the establishment of America, the development of its maritime trade through the port of Liverpool in England, and the ceramic souvenirs that wished Success to America.

Author Biography

Patricia A. Halfpenny began her career at City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, as Keeper of Ceramics from 1980 to 1995. Her research, lectures, and publications have established her as a recognised authority on Staffordshire pottery, particularly that of the eighteenth century. In 1995 she left England to become Curator of Ceramics & Glass at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Since that time she has co-authored the 'Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur' (with Donald Fennimore) and 'Passion for Pottery: Further Selections from the Henry H. Weldon Collection' (with Peter Williams). In 1950 S. Robert Teitelman purchased his first piece of patriotic pottery made in England for the American market and over the next fifty years formed a world-class collection. He wrote and lectured throughout America and England, and his scholarship and enthusiasm earned him an international reputation. His relationship with Winterthur Museum was longstanding, and part of his collection now forms the S. Robert Teitelman Collection at Winterthur. He died in February 2008 at the age of 91. Ronald W. Fuchs II is Curator of the Reeves Collection of Ceramics at Washington and Lee University. As former Associate Curator of Ceramics for the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur, he co-authored (with David Sanctuary Howard) the publication 'Made in China: Export Porcelain from the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur'. He has worked with the Teitelman collection for many years, first compiling a computerised catalogue, then researching and writing for this volume.
Release date Australia
March 31st, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
235 col
ACC Art Books
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