Coffeepot with Lafayette at Franklin's Tomb

Made by Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, 1818 - 1846

Made in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, Europe

c. 1824

Glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

12 5/16 x 10 15/16 inches (31.2 x 27.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles W. Burr, 1933

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Gilbert 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.