Pitcher (One of a pair)

Tucker Factories, American, 1827 - 1838
Joseph Hemphill, American, 1770 - 1842
William Ellis Tucker, American, 1800 - 1832



Porcelain with polychrome enamel and gilding

Overall: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Katharine T. and Merrill G. Beede 1929 Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Food Service

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


The Philadelphia factories associated with William Ellis Tucker were the first moderately successful manufacturers of porcelain in the United States. Pitchers, frequently made in pairs, are among the earliest and most popular forms associated with Tucker. Reflecting the Neoclassical taste of the period, this pair is ornamented with gilded laurel wreaths and borders of stars, leaves, and musical trophies.

From the 2019 exhibition American Art, Colonial to Modern, curated by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.

Tucker China 1825-1838, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 4-September 9, 1957.

Publication History

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Tucker China 1825-1838, p. 27 no. 337-38.


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Roberts, 1957; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2009.

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