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Sample Plate (Bavaria)

This is a Sample plate. It was manufactured by Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory. It is dated 1948 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This plate documents color palettes popular in Germany just after World War II, and shows a gradation of each color from light to dark.

This object was donated by Michele Oka Doner. It is credited Gift of Michele Oka Doner in honor of Lisa Roberts.

  • Vase (USA)
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.
  • 1966-3-19

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sample Plate (France)
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
  • 2003-5-5

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2 × 19 cm (13/16 × 7 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

underglaze green Nymphenberg below a shield surmounted by a crown on underside center

Cite this object as

Sample Plate (Bavaria); Manufactured by Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory (Germany); hard paste porcelain, vitreous enamel; H x diam.: 2 × 19 cm (13/16 × 7 1/2 in.); Gift of Michele Oka Doner in honor of Lisa Roberts; 2014-52-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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