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Platter (George Washington)

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1876
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 12 in. (3.8 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS In center, molded around portrait bust: "FIRST IN WAR FIRST IN PEACE. / FIRST IN THE HEARTS / OF HIS COUNTRYMEN." On each handle, molded under bear paws: "1776 / CENTENNIAL / 1876"
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oval, colorless pressed glass platter with handles at top and bottom. Decorations molded into underside: in center, three-quarters profile bust of George Washington, surrounded by molded inscriptions: "FIRST IN WAR FIRST IN PEACE. / FIRST IN THE HEARTS / OF HIS COUNTRYMEN.". Rim decorated with radiating faceted pattern at top and bottom; and interlocking rings with diamond shapes and dot patterns along sides; edge of rim scalloped. Molded handles each framed with pair of bear paws forming an arch over the inscription "1776 / CENTENNIAL / 1876". CONDITION: Fair; small chips along edge of top handle; several cracks (could be manufacturing flaws) on underside.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Platter (George Washington), ca. 1876. Glass, 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 12 in. (3.8 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.164. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.164.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 40.164.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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