“Heathen Chinee” Pitcher

Known as the “Heathen Chinee pitcher,” this unusual vessel takes its name from the popular Bret Harte poem of 1870, chronicling life in California’s rough-and-tumble mining camps. The pitcher is a decorated with an unusual combination of motifs: the Flemish King Gambrinus, patron saint of beer, is paired with Brother Jonathan, the symbolic forerunner of Uncle […]