Platter

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1820-1830

GUSN

GUSN-45959

Description

Blue transfer-printed pearlware platter with a bead-and-bar molded edge. Floral border surrounding a central scene illustrating the Alms House in Boston.

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."
Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the almshouse stood on the bank of the Charles River from 1800 to 1825. The upper portion of the building consisted of three stories containing 48 rooms. The building was enclosed by handsome gates and brick walls. This view was also used by Ralph Stevenson in his Vine Border version of the pattern, titled Almshouse, Boston.

Inscription

Printed on bottom: ALMS HOUSE/BOSTON 5 Impressed on bottom: STEVENSON [Partial label from Salem antiques dealer]

Associated Building

Subject Alms House,

People and Organizations

Alms House

Maker

Stevenson, Ralph (Maker)

Location of Origin

Cobridge, England, Staffordshire

Dimensions

1 5/8 x 11 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Accession

Accession Number

1958.M1