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Plate, 1753–56

This is a Plate. It was manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1753–56 and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


The Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, established in London in 1745, was a short walk from the Chelsea Physic Garden, where the firm’s painters had access to an abundance of plants for in-person study. This book Figures of the Most Beautiful… contains drawings of more than 300 specimens of plants from the Chelsea Physic Garden, which were referenced for the decoration on these ten plates. While fashionable in subject matter and style, flowers, insects, and leaves also played a practical role to disguise flaws and imperfections in the plates’ delicate porcelain and glaze

This object was donated by Irwin Untermyer, Esq.. It is credited Gift of Irwin Untermyer.

  • Plate, 1753–56
  • soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1957-11-11
  • Plate, 1753–56
  • soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1957-11-10

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Plate (France), ca. 1880
  • porcelain, enamel decoration.
  • Museum purchase through bequest of Dona Guimaraes and from Decorative Arts....
  • 1993-124-5

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 3.3 x 23 cm (1 5/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Plate, 1753–56; Manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (United Kingdom); soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels; H x diam.: 3.3 x 23 cm (1 5/16 x 9 1/16 in.); Gift of Irwin Untermyer; 1957-11-13

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