"This all-white pitcher is enlived on both sides with relief-molded references to Bacchus. The wine god is portrayed in the guise of a nude child seated amid grape vines and displaying his attributes of a staff and a goblet of wine. These motifs suggest that the pitcher was intended for the dispensing of alcoholic beverages. The assymetrical compostiion of the design and the profusion of ornament – a scrolled medallion embellishing the front and leafage in relief decorating the foot and handle – derive directly from the vocabulary of the Rococo-revival style then at the height of its reign in America." 

From Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. American Porcelain, 1770 - 1920. Exh. cat. New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989: no. 26, 119.

“Bacchus” Pitcher

Probably William Boch and Brothers

1844-1857