Platter

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1825

GUSN

GUSN-29203

Description

Blue transfer-printed rectangular platter. Floral border surrounds a central scene depicting the Boston Court House.

Details

Descriptive Terms

platters
earthenware
glazing (coating)
transfer printing
Dish, Serving
Platter
Platter

Label

One of many views of the early United States highlighted in the online exhibit "Patriotic America." The building was named for Isaac Johnson (Johnson Hall, Court Square), one of the earliest settlers of Boston. The architect was the well respected Bulfinch. The initial cost of the white marble structure, built in 1810, was $92,000. In the left background is the two story building housing the Columbian Museum.

Inscription

"BEAUTIES OF AMERICA/ COURT HOUSE/ BOSTON. J&W RIDGWAY" (Applied)
"This building was erected in 1810-1811 for a/ County Court House. In 1841 March 18th the city/ government took possession of the building for the/ purpose of a City Hall. In 1862 the building was/ taken down and a new City Hall erected on the/ same site, cornerstone laid Dec. 22 186/ In Snow's History of Boston it is called/ Johnson Hall." (Applied)

Pattern

Beauties of America

Associated Building

Subject Courthouse,

People and Organizations

Courthouse

Maker

Ridgway, John and William, 1814 F-1830 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Hanley, England, STAFFORDSHIRE; Hanley, England, Staffordshire

Dimensions

1 1/8 x 7 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles I. Thayer

Accession Number

1920.670