Charles Murphy (American, 1909-1994). <em>Plate (New York World's Fair)</em>, 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)

Plate (New York World's Fair)

Artist:Charles MurphyHomer Laughlin Company

Medium: Glazed earthenware

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1939

Dimensions: 3/4 x 10 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (1.9 x 25.7 x 25.7 cm)


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


Accession Number: 1994.165.75

Image: 1994.165.75.jpg,

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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