Overall: 1 x 8 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 21.6 cm )
transfer printed: in circle of bellflowers on underside of plate: "HARRIS & CHAUNCEY/70 WALL ST./NEW YORK"
Molded pearlware plate with dark blue transfer print of Lafayette at Washington's tomb; plate has floral border with central image of man seated next to the tomb marked "WASHINGTON"; ship, temple, and setting sun in the background.
This plate bears a rare example of a retailer's mark. Harris and Chauncey, proprietors of a "china store" on Wall Street, served as retailers for the Staffordshire pottery firm Enoch Wood & Sons. Harris and Chauncey were in business at various addresses in New York City from 1825, when they were listed in a New York Directory at 108 Water Street, to 1827, when they were located at 70 Wall Street, New York. It is this second address that appears with their name as a printed mark on the back of blue printed designs depicting Lafayette at Washington’s Tomb.
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
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