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Ladle

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.
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Earthenware
DATES ca. 1840
DIMENSIONS Bowl of ladle: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
MARKINGS Unmarked
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptiions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
ACCESSION NUMBER 64.82.314d
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Emily Winthrop Miles
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ladle, earthenware, blue transfer-printed under glaze decoration. Round bowl, slight S-curve to handle. Border: full-blown flowers, tiny circles crowded together on handle. View: two-story building with lower wing to left, trees on each side, mountains behind. Condition: Handle mended near bowl, chip on rim of bowl opposite handle.
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