Object of the Month
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site has a large museum collection consisting of thousands of objects, many of which are not regularly displayed in the house's furnished exhibit rooms. Every month, an object will be featured on this page, providing a look at an unusual piece from the collection.
The jar features three four-toed clawed feet, three lion or dog heads, and a domed lid topped by a cherub holding an indistinguishable object in its left hand. The jar is made of parian, a type of bisque porcelain known for its white color and intended to act as imitation marble. Parian ware was first introduced in the 1840s, and this piece was manufactured by the Copeland firm of Stokeworth-on-Trent, England. On the bottom of the jar is an inscription in ink that reads "Longfellow with the homage of S.C. Hall".
The jar is currently displayed on a cabinet shelf in the Longfellow House library.
Did You Know?
In 1867, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow became the first American to complete a translation of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno".