George Washington Teapot

Unknown Manuf. (England)
George Washington Teapot c. 1795
earthenware; transfer printed
9 x 11.5 x 6.75″
Kamm Collection 2012.37
Photo: courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

This English creamware teapot is oversized, which emphasizes its pictorial message. On the front side is a map of the United States flanked by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and allegorical figures. The caption reads: 1. Fame. 2. Washington securing Liberty to America. 3. Wisdom & Justice dictating to Dr. Franklin.

The teapot’s back side depicts the “World in Planisphere” with the Sun and the Four Winds.