European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Coffeepot with Lafayette at Franklin's TombMade in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, Europe
Made by Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, 1818 - 1846
Glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration
Currently not on view
1933-10-1a,bGift of Charles W. Burr, 1933
LabelGilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, was a French military officer and aristocrat who served as a Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Because of his support for the American cause, Lafayette became an American hero. The scene on this coffeepot, a celebration of two American heroes, is said to be that of Lafayette at the tomb of Benjamin Franklin. The scene on the pitcher at left documents a trip Lafayette made to the United States in 1824-25 during which he received an honorary citizenship.