M. B. Brown

Decorator: Rosina Emmet (American, New York 1854–1948 New York)

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759–present)

Date: ca. 1878–85

Geography: Made in Staffordshire, England

Culture: British (American market)

Medium: Earthenware

Dimensions: Diam. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.25


Although Rosina Emmet is best known for the oil portraits she painted during the 1890s up through the 1930s, this plaque represents her interest in decorative work during the late 1870s and early 1880s. She may have seen portrait plaques on her trip to England in 1876 and completed this example upon her return to New York. In 1878, Emmet exhibited a “plaque, portrait of a girl” at the Society of Decorative Art in New York City.