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Part of hand painted plate set painted by Jane Armstrong Tucker; all with gilded edges; faint blue band around edge; brown branch with green leaves and white flowers; bunch of cherries on branch; two yellow butterflies; decoration at center of plate.
"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.
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+.
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),
Tucker, Jane Armstrong, 1866-1964 (Painter)
Haviland & Co. (Maker)
Wiscasset, ME, USA; Limoges, France
Food Service T&E; Eating Vessels
7 3/8 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
Maine (United States)