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Plate (New York World's Fair)

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
DATES ca. 1939
DIMENSIONS 3/4 x 10 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (1.9 x 25.7 x 25.7 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS On reverse, underglaze green: (monogram logo) "HLCC / HOMER LAUGHLIN / MADE IN USA". Gilded, printed in convex semi-circle: "DECORATION BY CHARLES MURPHY / 150th ANNIVERSARY / INAUGURATION / [horizontal] OF / GEORGE WASHINGTON / -AS- / FIRST PRESIDENT / OF THE UNITED STATES / [concave semi-circle] 1789-1939"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
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CAPTION Charles Murphy (American, 1909-1994). Plate (New York World's Fair), ca. 1939. Glazed earthenware, 3/4 x 10 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (1.9 x 25.7 x 25.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1994.165.75. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.165.75.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1994.165.75.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Plate. Glazed cream-colored earthenware, polychrome printed decoration. 1939 New York World's Fair souvenir. Metallic brown edging around rim. Multi-colored printed decoration to rim is divided into five segments by fair symbols, Trylon and Perisphere, with out curving rays from top. Five exhibition halls from fair are depicted within. Clockwise from top: Federal Government Building; Marine Transportation Building; Hall of Communications; Food Exhibitors Building; and the Building of Contemporary Arts. Background of rim decoration is predominantly purple with beams of lighter purple running through. Center of plate has purple Trylon and Perisphere on darker purple circular background. "1939" above Perisphere. Tip and base of Trylon bisect encircling purple on lighter purple inscription: "NEW [inverted triangle] YORK [inverted triangle] WORLDS [inverted triangle] FAIR [inverted triangle]". Condition: Good; gummy residue to rim and back; minor scratches to back.
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