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Object Name Platter
Date ca. 1850
Description Platter. Rectangular with beveled corners. Ironstone (white earthenware) with blue transfer-printed Asian landscape with four figures at the center; floral designs on the rim. Marked on the reverse: impressed mark "MADDOCK / IRONSTONE CHINA" with printed mark "MANDARIN" over the impressed mark. Made by John Maddock of Burslem, England. Width is 16 inches; depth is 12.250 inches.
(Keywords: European, Exoticism)
Acquisition Gift of E. Blanche Brown
Ownership and History This platter descended in the Brown family of Tottenville, Staten Island. William A. Brown (1829-1907), a ship carpenter, built a house at 128 Johnson Avenue. In the 1900 census he lived there with his son Fernando, an oysterman; daughter-in-law Catherine; and granddaughter Emma Blanche.

"Ironstone" was a generic name used for a hard white earthenware body that was noted for its strength and durability. "Mandarin" is the name of the decorative pattern, suggesting the Chinese-inspired decorative scene. The blue and white color scheme is also a reference to Asian ceramics.
Earliest Date 1845
Latest Date 1855
Maker Maddock, John
Material Ceramic
Subjects Food
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Brown, E. Blanche
Brown, William A.
Catalog Number F07.0560
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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