Plate: Catskill Mountain House
Overall: 1 1/8 x 10 3/8 in. ( 2.9 x 26.4 cm )
printed: in red on back: cartouche with "CATSKILL/ MOUNTAIN HOUSE/ U.S."
Red transfer printed glazed earthenware plate with central image depicting Catskill Mountain House on a hillside; there are three figures in the foreground; the border pattern is composed of flowers, scroll work, and decorative shell shapes. (Larsen, 3rd ed., no. 330)
Thomas Cole's painting, "View of the Catskill Mountain House, N.Y.," engraved and published in London in 1830, inspired this transfer-printed scene. Several Staffordshire potters reproduced engravings of the Catskill Mountain House, a popular resort overlooking the Hudson Valley. Such was its fame that James Fennimore Cooper advised his European audience in the 1850s: "If you want to see the sights of America, go to see Niagara Falls, Lake George, and the Catskill Mountain House"
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.