On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
patented January 4, 1881
3/4 x 8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (1.9 x 21.9 x 16.8 cm) (show scale)
On underside: printed in yellow within urn, "UNION / PORCELAIN / WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y."; printed in green, "PAT. JAN. 4. 1881 / U.P.W. / [head of an eagle]"
H. Randolph Lever Fund
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Thomas C. Smith (American, 1815-1901). Oyster Plate, patented January 4, 1881. Porcelain, 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (1.9 x 21.9 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 66.182. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.182_PS9.jpg)
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Oyster plate with polychrome decoration. Large clam shell-shaped plate with five smaller shell-shaped depressions. Four of the small shells are oyster shells outlined in black, with black and yellow form in center. The fifth is a scallop shell, outlined in gold. Decoration around all shell-shaped depressions consists of seaweed, snails, mussels, lobster claws, small crab, etc. Ground color seen around rim is light pink.
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