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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Food Service T&E|
Brown, E. Blanche
Brown, William A.
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