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A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

1780/1820

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th/19th century
Pennsylvania German

About this artwork

Unlike the Art Institute’s plate by Rudolph Drach (see 1907.122) on which the maker inscribed his name, many objects in the Pennsylvania German tradition are unmarked, obscuring authorship for subsequent generations. Creamy white slip (which appears yellow due to the lead glaze on top of it) was applied to the surface of this plate, onto which sgraffito decoration was incised. The addition of lightly applied copper oxide created green accents across the plate. Pennsylvania German vessels are further characterized by bold designs of tulips, stars, and hearts. This octagonal plate incorporates another tradition motif—the stylized pomegranate.

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Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Plate

Origin

Pennsylvania

Date

c. 1780–1820

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

3.2 × 23.5 cm (1 1/4 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Atlan Ceramic Club Fund

Reference Number

1923.313

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