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Punch bowl: Landing of Lafayette

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Punch bowl: Landing of Lafayette
Punch bowl: Landing of Lafayette
Title
Punch bowl: Landing of Lafayette
Date 
1840-1850
Medium 
Earthenware
Dimensions 
Overall: 23 x 32 in. ( 58.4 x 81.3 cm )
Description 
Earthenware (pearlware) punch bowl decorated with hand-painted scene of arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette at Castle Garden in 1824; bowl interior with single band of gilded vine and berry decoration; exterior of bowl with gilded edge, two large painted scenes in cloud-like reserves of the Landing of Lafayette, showing Castle Garden, river, ships, and cannons firing along a promenade; between two painted scenes on each side, an eagle perched on a shield with 13 stars above, over crossed American flags with 24 stars; band of gilding near base of bowl; separable pedestal base secured with screw; band of gilding above band of gilded vine and berry decoration; gilded band at base of pedestal.
Credit Line 
Gift of Rosalie M. Heiser and John Jay Heiser
Object Number 
1910.24
Marks 
painted: at bottom right of scene: "LANDING OF GEN-LAFAYETTE/at Castle Garden New York/16th August 1824"
Gallery Label 
This 22-gallon punch bowl was once believed to have held libations served to the Marquis de Lafayette and other guests at the banquet given in his honor at Castle Garden during his 1824-1825 tour of the United States. The painted scene is based on an engraving published after Lafayette's arrival, however, and depicts architectural features not added to the entertainment hall until years later. Owned by the Heiser family, proprietors of Castle Garden between 1843 and 1852, the bowl may have been used to promote the establishment.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group