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Plate

Maker:
Possibly Ralph Stevenson & Williams (active ca. 1825–27)
Date:
ca. 1825–ca. 1827
Geography:
Made in Staffordshire, England
Culture:
British (American market)
Medium:
Earthenware, transfer-printed
Dimensions:
Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Mandeville Johnston, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. S. Johnston, 1914
Accession Number:
14.102.209
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This blue and white transfer-printed earthenware plate possibly made by the Staffordshire firm of Ralph Stevenson & Williams features a view of the City Hotel located on the west side of Broadway between Thames and Cedar Streets in New York. Built in 1794 with five storeys and seventy-eight rooms, the City Hotel was New York's most famous early hotel and perhaps the first American structure built and used solely as a hotel.
Marking: impressed on the back: [circle]; printed in blue on the back: CITY HOTEL / NEW YORK [in winding scroll surmounted by floral spray] / R.S.W. [surrounded by scroll]; 5
Mrs. Mary Mandeville Johnston, New York, until 1914
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