Dinner Plate

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

ca. 1740

GUSN

GUSN-4116

Description

Circular form with wide rim curving inward to form shallow well; underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gilt decoation in Japanese Imari palette with central medallion of chrysanthemums; cavetto border diapered with trellis design and for reserves of small chrysanthemums; rim decorated wtih four groups of flowering branches; centers of flowers and leaf outlines gilded; two oriental stylized motifs in blue on inner side of rim; brown edge.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dinner plates
porcelain
gilding
overglazing
underglazing
Imari
Porcelain
Overglazed
Underglazed
Gilded
Imari
PLATE, DINNER

Label

In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: In 1744, Jonathan Sayward was commissioned to aid in an expedition to lay siege to the French fortress at Louisbourg, in Nova Scotia. According to family tradition, he brought back this Chinese dinnerware as booty from Louisbourg. The plates, in what today is called the “Imari” palette, imitate Japanese porcelains in a style fashionable in Europe in the 1730s. Chinese porcelains like these were highly coveted in the colonies, and these would have been great treasures when Sayward brought them to his home in York, Maine.

Associated Building

Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.),

Associated Events

Battle of Louisburg

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

China

Object Type

Food Service T&E

Dimensions

1.188 (H), 8.875 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler

Accession Number

1977.405.1