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Blue pearlware bowl with shallow beaded edge. Table Rock, Niagara, depicted in the bottom of the bowl with images of shells and plant life around the inner rim. Bowl exterior has a Catskill Mountain, Hudson River scene.
One of many views related to the early United States and its history that appear in the online exhibit "Patriotic America." This bowl shows what was once the Table Rock at Niagara Falls (NY). This shelf of rock jutting from the Canadian shore was first revealed in the mid 18th century as the Horseshoe Falls receded, and was the first major vantage point for tourists viewing the Falls. Several rockfalls throughout the 19th century diminished it, the major break occurring in 1850 when a third of the shelf fell into the river below. For safety reasons the remainder of Table Rock was blasted away in 1935. The print was based on an original watercolor by Pavel Petrovich Svin'in, published in "Opyt zhivopisnago puteshestviia po sievernoi amerikie (An Illustrated Description of a Picturesque Journey through North America)", St. Petersburg, Russia in 1815 by F. Drekhslera. The image is noted in Russian, "drawn from nature, P. Sv[in'in]"
"ENOCH WOOD & SONS/ BURSLEM" (impressed)
"Sotheby's/ 12/ New York"
Enoch Wood & Sons (Maker)
2 1/4 x 9 3/4 (HxD) (inches)
Gift of Cyril I. Nelson
Author: Nina Fletcher Little, 1984
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)