Plates (12) from fish set
each: 1 x 9 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 24.1 cm )
Twelve porcelain plates from fish set; plates have scalloped gilded edges; center and part of rim hand-painted in polychrome enamels with sea flora and fauna, including fish, seaweed, and shells. Factory mark, decorator's mark, and Latin inscription on underside of plates.
These plates, part of a porcelain fish set, were a wedding present to New Yorker George W. Sutton, Jr. and Bostonian Margaret Bates Shaw, who were married in 1886. Each piece is hand-painted with different varieties of sea flora and fauna. The Suttons lived in Harlem at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 135th Street and moved to New Rochelle by 1899. Their cousin, Effingham Sutton, was responsible for developing Sutton Place about 1875.
Gift of Ione Sutton, 1995
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