Label

In December 1757, George Washington acquired a set of elegant tablewares for his bachelor household that included "6 dozn finest white stone plates" and a variety of serving dishes. In the 1750s and 1760s, the relatively inexpensive yet fashionable stoneware produced in England was the most widely used tableware in the American colonies. Complete examples of Washington's white salt-glazed stoneware do not survive, but fragments recovered during archaeological excavations confirm that his stone plates were similar to this example, decorated with the popular "basket work'd" pattern on the rim.

Description

Salt-glazed stoneware plate with shaped rim and press-molded basketweave pattern border; border consists of alternating panels of basketweave and trellis diaper pattern filled with dots or stars separated by scrollwork.

Date

1750-1770


Geography


Material/Technique

Salt-glazed stoneware


Dimensions

Overall: 1 in. x 9 3/16 in. x 9 3/16 in. (2.54 cm x 23.34 cm x 23.34 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1992


Object Number

M-3610


Colors (Beta)


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