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Armorial porcelain octagonal dinner plate with blue and white enamel decoration comprising of a central scene of a bird and grasshopper perched in a flowering tree, framed by border of scrolls and butterflies and flowers. Top of rim features a coat-of-arms of a symmetrical scroll cartouche with four birds and a central smaller shield, above are foliate scrolls and a bird, below is a banner with a Latin inscription.
armorial (porcelain style)
"OTIUM / IN / NEGOTIO" (handwritten)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
1 (H), 8 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation