Offered for sale is a rare, circa 1830, William Ellis Tucker American porcelain pitcher hand painted with flowers trimmed in gold. The pitcher has a high handle and molded spout with a fluted base.
Tucker is one of the oldest American made porcelains and only existed from 1826 – 1838. William Ellis Tucker, a Quaker in his 20's, founded Tucker Porcelain in the city of Philadelphia in 1826. Americans were attempting to reduce their dependence on costly exported wares from Europe and Asia. During Tucker's most prolific period table and decorative wares were painted with landscapes and flowers in the French tastes and highlighted in gilt.
Most Tucker porcelain is not marked and this pitcher is not, but it is definitely Tucker porcelain as this is a very recognizable shape and pattern. There is age expected wear to the gilding on the rim and handle and a small amount of wear on the base. The handle has a restored crack to the top part of the curve, otherwise the pitcher is lovely with vivid intact enamels in the floral bouquets.
Size: 9 3/8" Height (including handle).
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