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Oyster Plate

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Porcelain
  • Place Manufactured: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • DATES Patented January 4, 1881
    DIMENSIONS 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (1.9 x 21.9 x 16.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS 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]"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 66.182
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 66.182_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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. CONDITION: Good.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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