Pickle Stand

Manufacturer: Manufactured by American China Manufactory (1770–1772)

Maker: Gousse Bonnin

Maker: George Anthony Morris

Date: 1770–72

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Soft-paste porcelain

Dimensions: H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.19


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.