Pierre Louis Dagoty
objects featuring maritime scenes were popular in 19th-century America.
Although these high-style vases match a service commissioned by President
Madison for the White House, they are thought to have been made for an
American diplomat. The War of 1812 inspired both scenes: one the famous
battle between the USS Constitution and H.M.S. Guerriere,
the other an experimental steam frigate designed by Robert Fulton."
Quoted from ARTscape, online at the Peabody Essex Museum website: http://www.pem.org