|T. Harley 6.5 inch jug, "Bonaparte And The Quaker," ca. 1802-1808.|
Serendip is a place I arrive at often when I search for transferware patterns. My search recently took me to Geoffrey Godden's book, "An Illustrated Encyclopedia Of British Pottery And Porcelain," which was published in 1965. I was looking for a basket undertray or stand on p. 176, but the photo below the stand caught my attention. It showed a jug titled "Bonaparte and the Quaker," and I realized the identical jug was on my shelf! The only difference is that the jug in the book is signed on the bottom, "Manufactd (sic) by T Harley, Lane End." The commentary on the jug is like a political cartoon on transferware. It makes fun of Napoleon and touts the superiority of even a peaceful Quaker!
The text is hard to read, even enlarged, so here are close-ups. You can click on them to make them larger, but I'll add the text to the caption below.
|"So they are all great Men in you Country, eh? but I suppose they are like you not very fond of fighting; is not that the case Master Quaker." The punctuation is not mine!|
|"Little man it is not the Case, I myself encourage not fighting, but if thou, or any of thy Comrades darest to cross the great Waters my countrymen shall make Quakers of ye all."|
The pattern is based on a source print, a political cartoon, that has been in the collection of the British Museum since 1868.
|"Bonaparte and the Quaker" from the collection of the British Museum. It is dated 1803, and says it was "Pubd by Roberts 28 Middle Row Holborn London."|
You might wonder what is on the other side of the jug. Perhaps another jibe at Napoleon?
|There are just some lovely flowers on the other side of the jug. English roses?|
Here's the page from Godden's book.
And the cover. I have owned it for a long time, but haven't looked at it for quite awhile. It's good to remember old friends.