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Belleville on the Passaic and New York Bay from Bedloe's Island soup tureen

Object Name: Soup tureen and cover
Date: ca. 1820-1846
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Medium: Transfer-printed earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 11 3/4 × 15 1/2 × 10 in. (29.8 × 39.4 × 25.4 cm)
Place made: Europe, England
Description: Molded pearlware soup tureen and cover with dark blue transfer print of Belleville (New Jersey) on the Passaic River; tureen has bulbous oval shape with projecting foliate and pierced ring handles and oval foot; domed oval cover with large flower finial and molded foliate terminus; dome of cover transfer printed with river and ship scene with band of shells below; tureen decorated with two prints of same view: river scene with sailboats, large building (church?) in distance, and figure fishing in foreground. (Larsen, 3rd ed. no. 14)
Credit Line: The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection
Object Number: 1961.338ab
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Marks: Transfer-printed in blue on underside of tureen: "BELLVILLE / ON THE PASSAIC RIVER" in plaque below eagle, shield, and banner; printed on collector's label on underside of tureen: "296"

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This tureen pairs an idyllic depiction of Belleville, New Jersey on the bowl with a view of scenic New York Bay on the cover. Belleville, on the west bank of the Passaic River, was noted for its early industry as well as its scenic beauty. The view of New York Bay is from the vantage point of Bedloe's Island, now the site of the Statue of Liberty.


The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire