American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: James and Ralph Clews, British, 1817–1835
After Source material after an engraving by: Samuel Maverick, American, 1789–1845
Honorand: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, French, 1757–1834
Honorand: Chancellor Livingston, American, launched 1817, dismantled 1834

Gravy Boat and Saucer, “Landing of Gen. Lafayette at Castle Garden, New York, 16th August 1824”

1824–36

Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

Gravy Boat: 4 x 3 1/2 x 8 in. (10.16 x 8.89 x 20.32 cm) Saucer: 6 1/4 x 8 in. (15.88 x 20.32 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.3109a-b

General Lafayette’s visit to the United States in 1824 was a cause for huge celebration, sparking the manufacture of all kinds of commemorative souvenirs: dinner sets, watch ribbons, belt buckles, and even ladies’ gloves with buttons that bore his portrait. The image on this gravy boat and saucer shows Lafayette’s arrival at Castle Garden aboard the steamship Chancellor Livingston. The ship was escorted by the Robert Fulton while six cannons fired a salute from the shore.

The view accurately copies a copper-plate print drawn and engraved by Samuel Maverick, a member of a dynasty of New York engravers. Maverick’s circular composition appears to have been originally intended to decorate a commemorative snuffbox. Maverick’s father, Peter Rushton Maverick, famously engraved gold presentation snuffboxes, one of which is in Yale’s collection, inv. no. 1930.1100. Maverick’s engraving was later pirated by another artist and made into a snuffbox, while amateur oil painters also produced works based on Maverick’s design.

Culture: 
British
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Geography: 
Manufactured in Cobridge, Staffordshire, England
Depicted New York, Castle Garden, New York, United States
Status: 
Not on view
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