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Soup Plate, "Pine Orchard House, Catskill Mountains"

Decorative Arts

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
Scenic Transfer-Printed Wares

The ceramics here are decorated with American landscape scenes and were made in England for the American market. Before the 1840s, only the elite could afford dinnerware, then made of expensive porcelain. One of the early fruits of the Industrial Revolution was the production of inexpensive machine-molded and mechanically decorated earthenware for the middle class. These objects were decorated by the transfer technique, in which the scene is engraved on a metal plate, inked, printed on paper, and then pressed, or transferred, onto the ceramic body.
MEDIUM Earthenware, blue underglaze
DATES ca. 1835
DIMENSIONS 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (26 x 26 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS On bottom of plate: impressed "E. Wood and Son Burslem, Warranted" around an eagle with "Semi-China" above. Also, blue-printed eagle with scroll in mouth reading "E Pluribus Unum"; shield at eagle's feet with clouds and "Pine Orchard House, Catskill Mountains"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 60.213.186
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William C. Esty
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Enoch Wood & Sons (active 1818-1846). Soup Plate, "Pine Orchard House, Catskill Mountains," ca. 1835. Earthenware, blue underglaze, 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (26 x 26 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William C. Esty, 60.213.186. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.213.186_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 60.213.186_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Earthenware soup plate, round with slightly scalloped rim and blue under glaze transfer-printed decoration. Border: six groups of shells with seaweed foliage. View in center: landscape scene with Pine Orchard House in the Catskill Mountains up on a hill, man walking and another man on horseback on road, thicket of trees, large building on hillside, mountain behind, sky.. Source of view: painting by Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Condition: Good
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