Decorator: Lizzie M. Fairchild (American, dates unknown)
Porcelain, overglaze enamel decoration; Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
The Florence I. Balasny–Barnes Collection, Gift of Florence I. Balasny–Barnes, 1991 (1991.370.4)
A porcelain plate depicting a masterfully painted squirrel clutching an acorn while perched on a leafy oak branch exemplifies the naturalistic style of china decoration. Though little is known about Lizzie Fairchild, she proudly signed and dated the back of this plate in 1886.