Skip to content

Search Collections

Dinner Plate

1977.405.1 (RS32654)

Description

Circular form with wide rim curving inward to form shallow well; underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gilt decoation in Japanese Imari palette with central medallion of chrysanthemums; cavetto border diapered with trellis design and for reserves of small chrysanthemums; rim decorated wtih four groups of flowering branches; centers of flowers and leaf outlines gilded; two oriental stylized motifs in blue on inner side of rim; brown edge.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: In 1744, Jonathan Sayward was commissioned to aid in an expedition to lay siege to the French fortress at Louisbourg, in Nova Scotia. According to family tradition, he brought back this Chinese dinnerware as booty from Louisbourg. The plates, in what today is called the “Imari” palette, imitate Japanese porcelains in a style fashionable in Europe in the 1730s. Chinese porcelains like these were highly coveted in the colonies, and these would have been great treasures when Sayward brought them to his home in York, Maine.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1740
Location of origin
China
Associated Building
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.).
Material
gilding
overglazing
porcelain
underglazing
Object type
Food Service T&E
Descriptive terms
dinner plates
Gilded
gilding
Imari
Overglazed
overglazing
PLATE, DINNER
Porcelain
porcelain
Underglazed
underglazing
Associated events
Battle of Louisburg
Dimensions
1.188 (H), 8.875 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.405.1
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler
GUSN
4116

Comments