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Plate

Object Number: 
1961.127
Date: 
1835-1845
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 10 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 25.7 cm )
Marks: 
transfer-printed: in brown on unerside of plate: "Stone ware/EXCHANGE/NEW-YORK" printed: on adhesive label on underside of plate: "70" [collector's label] typed: on label on underside of plate: " 'Burning of Merchant's Exchange,' De. 16 1835. Next to C
Description: 
Molded pearlware plate with brown transfer print of the burning of the Merchant's Exchange; border of eight reserves alternating with firefighting emblems and American eagle; banner between each reserve alternates "GREAT FIRE" and "CITY OF NEW YORK"; central image of burning of building with firefighters working to extinguish blaze.
Gallery Label: 
This is one of a series of three plates depicting the devastation of the Great Fire of December 16, 1835, that destroyed nearly seven hundred buildings. The Merchants' Exchange, completed in 1827, was a building of both financial importance and architectural beauty; Coenties Slip was a bustling commercial pier.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
Provenance: 
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group