This is a plate. It was made by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1753–1756 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
Irwin Untermyer, Esq..
It is credited
Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 3.5 x 23 cm (1 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Plate, 1753–1756; Made by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (United Kingdom); soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels; H x diam.: 3.5 x 23 cm (1 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.); Gift of Irwin Untermyer; 1957-11-2
In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Huguenot Legacy: English Silver, 1680-1760 from the Alan & Simone Hartman Collection.