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Early 19th Century English Abolitionist Anti-Slavery Mug

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An important early 19th century English ceramic anti-slavery cup. Slightly tapered form, with bright gilt borders and hand painted with floral sprigs flanking abolitionist script: 'Health to the sick, honour to the brave, success attend, true love and freedom to the slave'. A similar mug was exhibited in 2002 by the Chipstone Foundation “And Freedom to the Slave”: Antislavery Ceramics, 1787–1865. In the 19th century the anti-slavery movement in England was in full force and British potters produced a variety of wares designed to arouse sympathy for the slave by using a combination of visual imagery and verse. Many themes were evoked, including depictions of the anguish of family separation and graphic portrayals of slavery’s horrors. Other ceramic pieces such as this cup had a more subtle approach to promoting the abolitionist cause. One strategy was to incorporate the message into the familiar, traditional form of the rhyming couplet commonly applied to English hollow ware. Health to the Sick Honour to the Brave Success attend true Love And Freedom to the Slave.  

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  • Condition Details
    Excellent bright condition with no wear to gilt or painted decoration
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 3.55 in. x Dm 3.55 in.H 9 cm x Dm 9 cm
  • Diameter
    3.55 in. (9 cm)
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU2102317765032
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