Water pitcher, 1830-1840
This pitcher has a white porcelain body, colorfully painted in crimson with green leaves and a gold coral design. It is called a presentation pitcher because it was probably a gift presented to Henry I. Seaman, whose name appears at the center of the decoration. The name Cornelius Cole which appears on the underside is likely the name of the decorator. The pitcher was probably imported from France and decorated locally.
Henry I. Seaman was a prominent Staten Islander who in 1836 began to enlarge and develop the village of Richmond. He built five small cottages, and provided the county with a parcel of land for construction of the Third County Courthouse building.
The shape of this cow-shaped novelty pitcher is appropriate because it was used for serving dairy cream. A hole in the cow's mouth leads to a hollow interior, and a removable cover on the cow's back allows for the pitcher to be filled. This type of ceramic, made of yellow earthenware with a mottled brown glaze, is known as Rockingham ware.
This creamer descended in the Hillyer, Prall, and Decker families of Staten Island.
An original glass plate negative made by photographer Alice Austen, this image shows the kitchen in Austen's home, "Clear Comfort" (now the Alice Austen House museum). A large cast iron stove appears at left; items displayed on the stove include a white ceramic pitcher, metal teapots, and a coffee grinder. Another pitcher appears on the windowsill behind a table that seems to be set for a light meal.
Charles Sullivan is no stranger to acting. This time traveling performer has appeared on stages across Staten Island, most recently as Scrooge with Shakespeare Theatre, as well as with Sea View Playwright’s Theatre, Sundog Theatre, and In the Wings.
This season, he portrays James Guyon Jr., the historic proprietor of Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Inn and Store. Home to the legendary Guyon Concerts, the circa 1819 building serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a potbelly stove.
Jan 5, 2018 - The Guyon Tavern (circa 1819) at Historic Richmond Town (HRT) serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality that is rarely found anymore, thanks to the original aged wood and plaster, and the unmistakable handmade construction.
Online tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.
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