A finely-potted Wedgewood Queensware decorated with lithographic transfers drawn from historic engravings of Boston by silversmith/patriot/engraver Paul Revere. The transfer printing on this example are executed in red, which makes for a striking contrast with the creamware body.
The sides of the bowl are decorated with two views of Boston, one titled "A view of the town of Boston in New England and British ships of war landing their troops, 1768" and "North Battery, about 1762." In between these bird-eye views of the city are images of thirty-six shilling and two shilling notes.
The interior of the bowl has a complex decorated design at the rim with four lozenges, each containing Paul Revere's crest. The interior center reproduces Revere's most famous engraving, of the Boston Massacre, title "The Bloody Massacre perpetuated in King Street BOSTON on March 5, 17790 by a party of the 29 reg." This event was one of the key events leading to the Revolution, and Revere's print was designed as pro-independence propaganda.
The bowl was designed by Alan Price, who was chief designer at Wedgwood in the middle of the 20th century and designed a number of these bowls for various cities. This one was manufactured for the famous Boston jeweler Shreve Crump & Low, who were also Wedgwood's American agents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This is the larger of two sizes of this bowl. It is 9.5" in diameter and 4" tall.
Condition: a couple of minor marks to the interior, which can only be seen under magnification, otherwise fine.
Mark: printed Wedgwood marks on the bottom with some text about the bowl. This example dates to the 1970s or 1980s.
Item ID: 3573
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