The image of the Capitol on the tray is taken from an 1840 publication titled American Scenery; it depicts the Capitol with the central building and dome designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1826. Trays of this type with American views are quite rare; English architectural subjects are more typical. The naturally rendered shells in the border are well suited to the tray’s rococo revival styling and recall the borders on slightly earlier English transfer-decorated wares such as examples on the Glazed Porch.


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Maker
Chamberlain and Company, Worcester, England, 1840–1852
Title
Card Tray
Date
c. 1840–1850
Medium
Soft-paste porcelain with enamel and gilding
Dimensions
2 1/4 × 13 1/4 × 8 7/8 in. (5.7 × 33.6 × 22.5 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, museum purchase funded by the Bayou Bend Docent Organization

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
BELTER PARLOR
Accession Number
B.2017.9
Classification
Ceramics
Provenance

Westervelt Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; consigned to [Christie’s, New York, September 25, 2013, sale 2729, lot 97]; purchased by [Hirschl & Adler, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.