Plate (England), ca. 1753–56
This is a Plate. It was manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated ca. 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
Irwin Untermyer, Esq..
It is credited
Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 3.8 x 23 cm (1 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.)
It has the following markings
On underside, small underglaze iron red anchor.
Cite this object as
Plate (England), ca. 1753–56; Manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (United Kingdom); soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels; H x diam.: 3.8 x 23 cm (1 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.); Gift of Irwin Untermyer; 1957-11-6
In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.