EAGLE OVER PANEL,’ STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED SUGAR BOWL AND COVER, ATTRIBUTED TO DAVENPORT & CO., LONGPORT, 1800-20.
Printed on either side with a view of a pair of fishermen pointing to a distant sailboat partly obscured by trees, beneath a displayed eagle perched on bunting reserved with thirteen stars, impressed letter “E,” numeral “5” in underglaze-blue. Height 5 ½ inches.
Provenance: Collector’s Sales & Services, Middletown, Rhode Island, April 9, 1996, lot 28.In “Anglo-American China,” Part II, p. 40, Sam Laidacker notes that although American titles have been given to this view, “none of them are authoritative but it is possible that it is an American view.” Nina Fletcher Little, in her article in “The Antiquarian,” March 1931, suggests the pattern might be a view of Commodore Perry’s Tomb (Obelisk) in Newport, Rhode Island. The thirteen stars in the bunting also support the possibilty that the scene appertains to American history.