Votes for Women plate

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
ca. 1910
Medium: 
Whiteware
Dimensions: 
Overall (diam.): 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Circular white plate lettered on brim in cursive in cobalt blue: “Votes for Women."

Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2017.7
Marks: 
Maker’s mark printed in green on underside: “Vitrified / John Maddock & Sons / England.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

This “Votes for Women” plate—likely used for bread and butter—is linked to Alva Vanderbilt Belmont (1853-1933) and the American suffrage movement.

After the death of her husband in 1908, Belmont threw herself into the women’s suffrage cause. She was initially skeptical about the movement’s efficacy, but after attending a meeting of the International Suffrage Alliance in London, she witnessed how militant suffragists were able to provoke discussion, attract the attention of the press, and put commercialism (such as sales of suffrage merchandise) to good use.

Belmont held two well-publicized suffrage conferences at Marble House, her Newport mansion, in the summers of 1909 and 1914, either one of which may have spurred the commission of the “Votes for Women” china. The 1909 event attracted approximately 1,000 attendees, who paid $1 to listen to a roster of distinguished speakers, or $5 to also take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to tour the interior of Marble House. The 1914 conference, known as the Conference of Great Women, was equally well publicized.

“Votes for Women” dishes were also used in the lunchrooms of Alva Belmont’s Political Equality Association in Manhattan. First located on East 34th Street, the lunchroom relocated in 1912 to the new PEA headquarters on East 41st Street just off Fifth Avenue.

Provenance: 

Rex Stark Americana, Catalog #84 (November 2016), #147.

Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1915
eMuseum Object ID: 
78743
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Platter

Classification: 
Date: 
1780-1800
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
(a) platter: 1 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 18 3/4 in.; (c-n) plates: 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.
Description: 
One of a set of two platters and thirteen plates. Oval molded creamware platter with grape vine border hand painted in shades of brown overglaze and banded on either side with a brown stripe; at center, monogram inside a laurel wreath, also in brown overglaze.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Robert Carmer Hill, through Mrs. R. C. Hill
Object Number: 
1947.111a
Gallery Label: 
According to donor, this platter is one of a set of dinnerware including two platters and thirteen plates ordered from England by William Hill (1751-1826), the great-grandfather of the donor. Hill emigrated from Londonderry, May 20, 1773, and arrived in New York City in July. He established himself as a New York City merchant who lived for a time at 199 Front Street, and later, on Courtlandt Street; his firm, William Hill & Co., was variously located at 201 Water Street, 21 Wall Street, Maiden Lane, and Broadway. He was prominent in commercial and charitable life during the Revolution and in the period immediately thereafter; was Trustee of the New York Hospital and one of the earliest shareholders of the New York Society Library. He was treasurer of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Society from 1797 to 1804, having been a member since 1784. He also served as a vestryman for Trinity Church from 1812 to 1818.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
57691
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Saucer: Franklin's Proverbs...Silks & Satins

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 5 in. ( 1.3 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Molded octagonal plate with border decoration of flowers in low relief; there is a black transfer printed central image of a woman with feathers in her hair seated and looking in the mirror as her children tip over a chamber pot in front of a cold fireplace; a moralizing inscription encircles the image; some of the flowers on the brim are painted with green and pink luster, and the rim is encircled by pink luster.
Object Number: 
INV.13581
Marks: 
printed: in black around central view: "SILKS AND SATINS AND VELVETS PUT OUT THE KITCHEN FIRE...../FRANKLIN'S PROVERB"
Gallery Label: 
Benjamin Franklin represents America's prototypical self-made man, rising from humble tradesman to revolutionary thinker and world leader through a combination of hard work and thrift. In his Poor Richard's Almanack, published serially between 1732 and 1757, Franklin printed a steady offering of aphorisms and proverbs counseling industry and frugality, which captured the attention of a society bent on self-improvement. Beginning in the 1830s, Franklin's sayings were frequently printed, and imaginatively illustrated, on plates and mugs presented to children as a reward for good behavior and achievement.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
37992
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Tea bowl and saucer

Classification: 
Date: 
1780-1795
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
Overall (a: Tea bowl): 2 in. × 3 1/4 in. (5.1 × 8.3 cm) Overall (b: Saucer): 1 1/8 × 5 1/4 in. (2.9 × 13.3 cm)
Description: 
Porcelain tea bowl and saucer printed in underglaze blue with floral sprays with a double interior rim border, also printed, in bowl and saucer of hatched cells above a hatched scrolled garland.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Edmund Astley Prentis
Object Number: 
1957.306qr
Gallery Label: 
Characteristics such as bright blue underglaze, pale yellow paste, and grainy glaze suggest that this object was manufactured in the late 18th century and possibly by Lowestoft.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1795
eMuseum Object ID: 
34800
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cup

Classification: 
Date: 
1820-1840
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 13/16 in. ( 6.4 x 9.5 x 7.2 cm )
Description: 
Pearlware cup with a scroll handle, brown transfer printed decoration, two identical eagles with arrows and shields, travelling at sea in an open shell; between the eagles is a scrolling foliate design with inscription.
Object Number: 
INV.8230
Marks: 
printed in brown: on body: "Prosper / 'Freedom'"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
33336
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pair of Figurines

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1860
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
each: 4 3/8 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 11.1 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Pair of porcelain figurines in the form of a woman with the head of a nightingale (meant to represent Jenny Lind); each figure of slightly different molded form; (a) represents woman in pink dress holding music in front of her, with nightingale head looking down; (b) represents woman in blue dress holding music down and head up; both figurines hollow.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number: 
1945.245ab
Marks: 
printed: in purple on inside of each figurine: circular medallion with crown on top and "ROYAL WORCESTER ENGLAND" at bottom
Provenance: 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
32843
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Plate

Classification: 
Date: 
1854-1880
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. ( 1.6 x 18.4 cm )
Description: 
Molded pearlware plate with the letters of the alphabet inscribed around the brim in low relief; at the center is a black transfer printed image of people seated in a meeting room facing a man seated at a bench being addressed by another man; the onlookers carry signs with inscriptions; parts of the image are highlighted with red, yellow, or green paint; black band around rim.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
Object Number: 
1961.156
Marks: 
printed: in black on front of plate around central view: "BAND OF HOPE/ HOW TO FORM BANDS OF HOPE" inscribed: on signs held by figures in view: "NO DRUNKARD/ CAN /ENTER/ HEAVEN"; "REMEMBER/ THE/ SABBATH DAY/ TO KEEP IT/ HOLY"; "BAND/ OF/ HOPE"; "NO/ ALCO
Provenance: 
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
30969
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Jar

Classification: 
Date: 
1600-1700
Medium: 
Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 6 1/2 in. ( 22.9 x 16.5 cm )
Description: 
Salt-glazed stoneware jar with applied molded decoration and an inscription inside an elaborate cartouche and decorated with cobalt-blue oxide.
Object Number: 
Z.1442
Marks: 
molded: and applied to front: "WILT · DEII · ERREII · WT · LIEFFDEN/MET · LOEFSAVICK · SEIIGEN _/VID · MAKAIDREN · VRINTELICK · _/EINEN · TOE · BRENGEN · _/1591"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1700
eMuseum Object ID: 
30058
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Tile

Classification: 
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 1/4 in. ( 12.4 x 13 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Tin-glazed earthenware tile with buff-colored body and blue and white painted decoration; coastal scene with boat near shore in the middle ground and house in the background depicted in circular frame, with decorative detailing at each corner of tile.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Object Number: 
1945.519c
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this tile came from a house on the northwest corner of Jackson and Main Streets, in Fishkill, New York, where Johannes Swart kept a store (and later a tavern) from 1753.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
27782
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Tile

Classification: 
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 5 1/8 x 1/4 in. ( 12.7 x 13 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Tin-glazed earthenware tile with buff-colored body and blue and white painted decoration; landscape with central figure on horseback depicted in circular frame, with decorative detailing at each corner of tile.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Object Number: 
1945.519a
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
27752
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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