Decorator: Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855–1942)
Porcelain; Diam. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2002 (2002.214)
Cecilia Beaux aimed to supplement her income by selling her work on china. Her sensitive depictions of her subjects were admired and local families commissioned her to paint portraits of their children. For example, a plate painted by Beaux between 1879 and 1880, depicts a young member of the Bruce family of Philadelphia. Although Beaux stated in her autobiography that she painted numerous portrait plates, this is one of only five known to survive.