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Sample Plate (England), 1870–90

This is a Sample plate. It is dated 1870–90 and we acquired it in 2003. Its medium is glazed and gilt porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This unmarked plate shows the completed decoration for 2003-5-2, a sample plate that illustrates unfinished phases of ground color application, glazing, and gilding processes.
The “sampling” format was widely used by manufacturers to assist consumers in choosing the right combination of color, design, and materials, for products ranging from textiles to dinner plates. These products have become stylistic indicators of the time in terms of the choices of color and design. They also are beautiful artifacts in the arrangement of visual information on either the page of a sample book or the rim of a plate.
Sample plates are relatively rare and greatly enrich the museum’s documentary holdings related to ceramics design, technology, and marketing.

It is credited Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2.5 x 24 cm (1 x 9 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside, near rim, written in red: "6" over "2605"

Cite this object as

Sample Plate (England), 1870–90; glazed and gilt porcelain; H x diam.: 2.5 x 24 cm (1 x 9 7/16 in.); Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund; 2003-5-3

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