MINIATURE Blue Feather-Edge Platter
Great Seal of America.
Exceedingly rare, likely the only surviving example extant.
Leeds, ca. 1790 to 1820. Creamware. Hand painted. Made for the highly patriotic and proud American market. Scalloped blue feather-edge (shell edge) border centered by a folk art representation of the Great Seal, first adapted in 1782. Outstanding condition (possibly a trivial tiny flake in the making). Before the American Revolution, colonists imported English creamware because it was beautifully made and fashionable. After the Revolution, and into the 19th century, Americans once again coveted English ceramics. Entrepreneurial English firms actively designed patterns that would appeal to American patriotic fervor and pride in their young country. Just 3 ¼ inches x 2 3/8. For reference, see a similarly painted eagle/seal, front cover, Ceramics in America, Hunter, 2001, and also page 33. Long time private New England collection.