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A work made of lead-glazed earthenware with polychrome enamels.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lead-glazed earthenware with polychrome enamels.


c. 1886


Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by Old Hall Earthenware Co., Ltd. (Staffordshire, England, 1861-1866)

About this artwork

Christopher Dresser’s designs for Old Hall Earthenware were mass-produced with transfer-printed decoration. This plate was printed with the Persia pattern. The name was derived from the pattern’s stylized flowers that reference Middle Eastern aesthetics. As a part of a larger dinner service, this plate was likely intended for the entrée potion of a meal. The indentations on the edges of the plate were designed to hold condiments like salt or mustard.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)




Hanley (Object made in)

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Lead-glazed earthenware with polychrome enamels


Diam.: 22.8 cm (9 in.)

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Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Robertson

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