loading images


What is this?

Molded with two swans swimming in rough water among fish and shells and flanked by bulrushes, a heron wading with a fish in its beak another in flight above, on a spiral shell-mounted ground. Decorated with a gilt rim and a large coat-of-armor at the top beneath border.

This is a plate from Germany. It is dated 1737–41 and we acquired it in 1950. Museum purchase through gift of Commander Henry H. Gorringe. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

glazed, enameled, and gilt porcelain

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 6.6 x 38.2 cm (2 5/8 x 15 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside, Meissen double crossed swords underglaze blue

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

See more stuff from the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Do you have your own photos of this object? Are they online somewhere, like Flickr or Instagram? Or have you created a 3D model of one of our objects in SketchUp or Thingiverse? If so then then tag them with ch:object=18383791 and we will connect ours to yours!

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383791/ |title=Plate, "Swan Service", 1737–41 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=17 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please fill out this form. Objects that are slated to be on display when the museum re-opens in 2014 are being given priority but all corrections are welcomed!