Manufactured by American China Manufactory (1770–1772)
George Anthony Morris
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1990
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
The form of this stand, which was intended to hold various comfits (sugared fruits or nuts) during the dessert course of a meal, was one of the most ambitious produced at the short-lived factory of Bonnin and Morris—America’s first successful porcelain factory. The Rococo style, emphasizing repeated shell motifs and asymmetrical painted floral sprays, was in vogue in America in the 1770s.
Marking: [on bottom, painted in underglaze blue]: P