Staffordshire pearlware pitcher (part of a wash set with the matching basin, HD 90.107) decorated with a blue transfer print in the "Netley Abbey" pattern produced by Andrew Stevenson; the basin is impressed on base with a curved "STEVENSON" over a three-masted sailing ship in an eye-shaped oval. Stevenson produced large quantities of blue-printed wares, much of which was made for export to America. This view of Netley Abbey, which was used by both Andrew Stevenson and William Mason, is based on a print entitled "View towards the East from the Transcept" drawn by Francis Nicholson, engraved by James Storer, and published in Britton & Brayley's "The Beauties of England and Wales" in 1805. This Cistercian Abbey at Netley, near Faresham in Hampshire was founded in 1239 by the Bishop of Winchester from 1205-1238, Peter des Roches, and dissolved in 1536 by Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The building was converted into a mansion by William Paulet (1483/1485?-1572), a wealthy Tudor politician. The abbey was used as a country house until the beginning of the 18th century, after which it was abandoned and partially demolished for building materials. Subsequently the ruins became a tourist attraction, and provided inspiration to writers, poets and artists of the romantic movement including Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797), an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician, and Thomas Gray (1716-1771), an English poet, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. The bulbous vase-shaped pitcher has a broad everted pouring lip; high loop handle with a trefoil terminal; the interior and exterior of rim printed with border pattern of clusters of flowers and scrolling vines flanking cartouches which enclose ships; and the exterior sides have a view of Netley Abbey showing a shepherd and his sheep grazing in foreground, and a cow and sheep behind him, and gothic arches and tracery amidst trees in the background. During her visit to HD on June 21, 1995, Louise Richardson noted that a similar pattern is found on an intact teabowl and saucer in the collection of the Thomas Bailey Aldrich House owned by Strawbery Banke, and on fragments of similar teabowls and saucers found at the Deer Street site (now the Sheraton Hotel) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Condition: Extensive network of hairline cracks through base, appears stable, but should be sent for conservation. One chip approximately 3/8" on edge of lip.
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