Plate

Plate

c. 1760

Salt-glazed stoneware

Diameter: 30.5 cm (12 in.); Overall: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Gift of Brenda and Evan H. Turner 1998.257

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The three-dimensional designs on this plate are similar to both silver and straw baskets produced during the mid-1700s.

Description

This plate’s glossy texture was created by throwing salt into a kiln during the hottest point of the firing process. During the 1700s, salt-glazed dishes proved to be a popular substitute for porcelain because of their versatility, durability, and affordability. This particular plate features intricate basket weave patterns, decorative frames, and scalloped edges which were made by hand-pressing clay into a mold.

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