Dessert Plate

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1820-1840

GUSN

GUSN-35817

Description

Blue pearlware transfer-printed pearlware plate. Floral border surrounding a central scene illustrating the Boston Athenaeum.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dessert plates
earthenware
glazing (coating)
transfer printing
pearlware
Dish, Eating
Plate, Food
Plate, Dessert
Plate, Dessert

Label

One of many views of the early United States highlighted in the online exhibit "Patriotic America."
Originally planned as a public reading room with reference and both domestic and international periodicals available to its subscribers, the Boston Athenaeum remains a prominent Boston institution. It has had four homes over its two hundred and four year history, including Congress Street (1807), Common Street (1810), Pearl Street (1822) and 10 1/2 Beacon Street (1849). This view is of its Pearl Street location, the home of Athenaeum trustee (and Boston merchant) James Perkins. Perkins offered his home to the society when it outgrew its Common Street location.

Inscription

"Beauties of America\ Atheneum\ Boston\ T&W Ridgway" (printed)

Pattern

Beauties of America

Associated Building

Subject Atheneum,

People and Organizations

Atheneum

Maker

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

Location of Origin

Hanley, England, STAFFORDSHIRE; Hanley, England, Staffordshire

Dimensions

5/8 (H), 6 1/8 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Arthur B. Denny

Accession Number

1933.760

Places

Massachusetts (United States)