Plate, Columbus Pattern
Decorative Arts and Design
Printed in black on bottom: "Columbus [in oval reserve superimposed on anchor and ship]/ W. A. & S. [in banner]"; "3"
Impressed illegible maker's mark
Gift of Mrs. W.J. Donald, by exchange
A circular scallop-edged earthenware plate in the Rococo Revival style, with a white ground and elaborate transfer-printed decorations in grey ink. The central scene depicts the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his ships to the American shore. The Native American tribe stands on the proper right, against a backdrop of mountains and rich vegetation. The four corners of the plate decorated with rectangular cartouches with alternating scenes of prancing deer and grazing bisons against foliate backgrounds, unified by a scalloped border with a floral chain interlaced with scrolled floral motifs. Four elaborate flower garlands on a grey ground decorate the spaces between the cartouches. The whole is encircled by a thin border of alternating ovals and scrolls.
Very good condition.
This item is not on view
William Adams & Sons (1769-present). Plate, Columbus Pattern, ca. 1845. Glazed earthenware, 1 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. (2.9 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W.J. Donald, by exchange, 2013.37.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2013.37.5_mark.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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