plate, oyster

plate, oyster

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Porcelain factories responded to the American passion for oysters by designing special plates on which to serve the delicacy, accompanied by silver-plated forks also designed for the purpose. During the long and lavish dinners characteristic of evening entertainment among the wealthy on the East Coast in the 1870s and 1880s, guests were frequently served their first course on oyster plates such as these gilded examples produced by the Union Porcelain works, in Greenpoint, New York, around 1881. American and European porcelain factories met increasing affluence and elaborate dining etiquette with an extensive range of items designed for specific foods and beverages. Oyster plates represent one such refinement in response to a newly acquired taste for the shellfish.
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Object Name
Dish, Oyster
plate, oyster
date made
about 1881
Union Porcelain Works
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn, Greenpoint
Physical Description
green (overall color)
polychrome (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, porcelain, hard-paste (overall material)
overall: 8 5/8 in; x 21.9075 cm
overall: 1 in x 8 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mrs. Franklin Chace
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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