Thomas C. Smith (American, 1815-1901). <em>Oyster Plate</em>, 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)

Oyster Plate

Artist:Thomas C. SmithUnion Porcelain Works

Medium: Porcelain

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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)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 66.182

Image: 66.182_PS9.jpg,

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.

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