Botanical Plate, 1752–56
This is a Plate. It was made by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory and after Georg Dionysisus Ehret. It is dated 1752–56 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.: 3.5 x 23 cm (1 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
It has the following markings
On underside: red anchor
Cite this object as
Botanical Plate, 1752–56; After Georg Dionysisus Ehret ; England; 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; 1957-11-7