On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
These ceramics are decorated with American landscape scenes and were made in England for the American market. Before the 1840s, only the elite could afford dinnerware, then made of expensive porcelain. One of the early fruits of the Industrial Revolution was the production of inexpensive machine-molded and mechanically decorated earthenware for the middle class. These objects were decorated by the transfer technique, in which the scene is engraved on a metal plate, inked, printed on paper, and then pressed, or transferred, onto the ceramic body.
Bowl of ladle: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Emily Winthrop Miles
Ladle, earthenware, blue transfer-printed under glaze decoration. Round bowl, slight S-curve to handle. Border: full-blown flowers, tiny circles crowded together on handle. View: two-story building with lower wing to left, trees on each side, mountains behind.
Condition: Handle mended near bowl, chip on rim of bowl opposite handle.
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