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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Commodore MacDonnaugh's Victory

Plate
ca. 1835 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Plate of lead-glazed earthenware transfer-printed in blue. In the middle is a coastal scene showing a naval action. Inscribed below with 'COMMODORE MACDONNOUGHS VICTORY'. Round the rim is a design of shells and seaweed against a dark blue ground.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleCommodore MacDonnaugh's Victory (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Lead-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed
Brief description
Plate 'Commodore MacDonnough's Victory', of lead-glazed earthenware transfer-printed in blue, made at the factory of Enoch Wood & Sons, Burlsem, ca. 1835.
Physical description
Plate of lead-glazed earthenware transfer-printed in blue. In the middle is a coastal scene showing a naval action. Inscribed below with 'COMMODORE MACDONNOUGHS VICTORY'. Round the rim is a design of shells and seaweed against a dark blue ground.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 25.7cm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'E WOOD & SONS BURSLEM WARRANTED [in a medallion enclosing] 'SEMI CHINA' [above an American spread eagle] (impressed)
  • 'COMMODORE MACDONNOUGHS / VICTORY' (Inscribed below the coastal scene)
  • '10' (In blue)
Gallery label
  • Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics V&A, 31 Jan 2015 - 3 Jan 2016 27 Plate depicting ‘Commodore MacDonnough’s Victory' Staffordshire, Burslem, about 1835 Made by Enoch Wood’s factory Lead-glazed earthenware This dish shows a scene from the Anglo-American War of 1812–15, in which Commodore MacDonough, commander of American naval forces in Lake Champlain, won the decisive battle of the same name. The design follows an engraving by B. Tanner of 1816, after a painting by Hugh Reinagle of 1814. Made about 20 years later, this dish shows continuing patriotic tastes in America. Museum no. C.79-1931 Alfred Williams Hearn Bequest(31/01/2015 - 03/01/2016)
  • Plate with "Commadore Macdonald's Victory" Made at the factory of Enoch Wood, Burslem, Staffordshire, about 1835 Marks: "E WOOD & SONS BURSLEM WARRANTED" in a medallion enclosing "SEMI CHINA" above an American spread eagle, impressed Lead-glazed earthenware C.79-1931 Alfred Williams Hearn Bequest (23/05/2008)
Credit line
Alfred Williams Hearn Bequest
Object history
This dish shows a scene from the Anglo-American War of 1812-15 in which Commodore MacDonough commander of American naval forces in Lake Champlain won the decisive battle of the same name. The Staffordshire potteries were keen to exploit the patriotic consumer market in America and once the war finished in 1815 resumed exporting quantities of wares. This dish was made later, c.1835, and shows continuing patriotic tastes.
The image is taken from 'Macdonough's victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburg by Genl. Macomb, Sept.117th 14'18 Engraving by B. Tanner, 1816, after H. Reinagle.
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession number
C.79-1931

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Record createdMarch 31, 2008
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