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Colour Terrise Sample Plate

This is a Sample plate. It is dated ca. 1885 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is glazed porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Sample plates give us an idea of the colors and techniques that were fashionable during different periods. This French porcelain plate shows earth-related tones of gray-green and magenta popular in the 1880s in France, is desirable for our understanding of the use of these colors in this era.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.

  • Buffaloware Sample Plate
  • molded and glazed earthenware.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.
  • 2005-11-3
  • Bowl (Persia, Kashan)
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1956-109-2
  • Sample Plate (Bavaria)
  • hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel.
  • Gift of Michele Oka Doner in honor of Lisa Roberts.
  • 2014-52-1

Our curators have highlighted 8 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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  • engraving with collage on paper.
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  • Sample Plate (Denmark)
  • moulded and glazed porcelain, with enamelled color.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
  • 2003-5-4

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2.3 x 23.5 cm (7/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: "ELITE" (underlined) / "L / France"

Cite this object as

Colour Terrise Sample Plate; France; glazed porcelain; H x diam.: 2.3 x 23.5 cm (7/8 x 9 1/4 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment; 2005-11-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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