Plate

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1879-1885

GUSN

GUSN-22036

Description

Part of hand painted plate set painted by Jane Armstrong Tucker; all with gilded edges; tan band around edge; green stems with green leaves; purple violets; yellow butterfly; decoration right of center on plate.

Details

Descriptive Terms

plates (dishes)
hand-painted
porcelain
Dish, Eating
Plate, Food
Plate, Dessert
Plate, Dessert

Label

"Cherished Possessions": Jenny Tucker painted china to earn money. After working briefly as an embroiderer at a Boston, Massachusetts, department store, Jenny returned to her home in Maine hoping to teach classes in embroidery and china painting but found insufficient local interest. Over time she worked as a traveling saleswoman, a boardinghouse keeper, and a provisioner, raising vegetables and squab, which she sold to the Poland Springs Inn. Not yet twenty when she began this set of plates, Jenny may well have made them for her family. They are part of a set of twelve, all decorated with flowers and fruit.

Inscription

Painted on bottom: ""J. Tucker 1884"" or ""J. Tucker 1885"" [some plates in set have different dates of when they were painted] Stamped on bottom: ""H & Co./ L"" This mark was used 1879+.

Associated Building

Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),

Maker

Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964 (Painter)
Haviland & Co. (Maker)

Location of Origin

Wiscasset, ME, USA; Limoges, France

Dimensions

7 3/8 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker

Accession Number

1998.728.9

Places

Maine (United States)