William Ellis Tucker (1800-1832), the son of a Philadelphia merchant for imported china, opened his own porcelain factory in 1826 and had his first successful kiln firing barely a year later. His initial products were simply decorated with gold bands or sepia drawings. The quality of his factory’s workmanship soon improved, however, and eventually Tucker porcelain could be found in elegant homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond. In 1831, Philadelphia judge Joseph Hemphill (1770-1842) bought a partnership in Tucker’s factory, helping it to remain in business for six more years. The form of this pitcher appears to be unique to Tucker and was one of the firm’s most popular products.

Place object was created: Philadelphia, PA

porcelain, gilding (material)

Measurements:    height: 9.5 inches    width: 7.75 inches    depth: 5.875 inches

Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis 2009.15.25

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH