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"Hans Sloane" Plate Plate

This is a plate. It was manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory and after Georg Dionysius Ehret. It is dated 1753–1756 and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is soft paste porcelain, vitreous enamels. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, established in London in 1745, was a short walk from the Chelsea Physic Garden, where the firm’s painters had access to an abundance of plants for in-person study. This book Figures of the Most Beautiful… contains drawings of more than 300 specimens of plants from the Chelsea Physic Garden, which were referenced for the decoration on these ten plates. While fashionable in subject matter and style, flowers, insects, and leaves also played a practical role to disguise flaws and imperfections in the plates’ delicate porcelain and glaze

This object was donated by Irwin Untermyer, Esq.. It is credited Gift of Irwin Untermyer.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Fruit Plate
  • molded porcelain, overglaze decoration.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1955-163-8
  • Vase (England)
  • glazed earthenware, overglaze lustre.
  • Gift of David Schafer.
  • 1986-42-4

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 3.8 x 23 cm (1 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Underside: [1] an anchor, painted in iron red overglaze

It is inscribed


Cite this object as

"Hans Sloane" Plate Plate; Manufactured by Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (United Kingdom); After Georg Dionysius Ehret (German, 1708 - 1770); England; soft paste porcelain, vitreous enamels; H x diam.: 3.8 x 23 cm (1 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.); Gift of Irwin Untermyer; 1957-11-6

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Botanical Expressions and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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