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Title:soup plate
Date Made:ca. 1760
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: hard paste porcelain, underglaze cobalt enamel
Place Made:China
Measurements:overall: 1 1/2 x 9 in.; 3.81 x 22.86 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2001.33
Credit Line:John W. and Christiana G.P. Batdorf Fund

Chinese export porcelain soup plate decorated with a chinoiserie landscape scene in blue. The border exhibits an intricately patterned design of fish roe, cloud decoration, and flowers; the well has a small pagoda, running fence, tree branches, and a tall, scrolling flowering shrub, surrounded by a band of double-curls. Variations of this design have been found on both English and Irish delftware, including a dish (HD 1379) in the Historic Deerfield collection. George Sheldon donated a plate to PVMA described as: "India Plate, blue landscape on white.... Nearly all of the above belonged to Persis (Hoyt) Sheldon, born Feb. 28, 1747; married, June 12, 1769, John Sheldon; died Nov. 2, 1829. Grandmother of the donor."


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