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Object ID 1939.016.002
Object Name Plate, Cake
Collection Ceramics
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Charles Prevost MacArthur
Date circa 1808
Description Porcelain cake plate with a rim that curves upward so that the plate has a dish shape. The well of the plate is decorated with a central sepia roundel of a shepherdess and dog reclining in a wooded setting. Above the image is a gilt-edged shield with the script initials "MH" for Mary Hemphill. The rim is gilded and decorated with small blue flowers.
Dimensions H-1.5 Dia-8 inches
Owned Mary Hemphill Jones
Provenance Part of a set that originally belonged to Mary Hemphill (1779-1834), one of the six children of William and Elizabeth Allison Hemphill. Her father entered the China trade in 1803 in partnership with Robert Ralston of Philadelphia. William Hemphill gave this china set to his daughter on the occasion of her marriage in Wilmington to Morgan Jones on November 1, 1808.
Subjects Porcelain
People Hemphill, Mary
Search Terms Mary Hemphill
China Trade
Cake Plates
Material Porcelain
Place of Origin China