Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Basket

Basket
Title
Basket
Date 
ca. 1820-1830
Medium 
Molded porcelain
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 6.4 x 9.5 x 7.9 cm )
Description 
Rectangular molded porcelain basket with foliate edge and twisted handle with shell joints; black transfer printed view of kneeling figure in chains; painted overglaze enamel palm tree; gilt highlights on rim, handle and foot. Printed on reverse: "Remember them that are in bonds."
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Robert C. Taylor
Object Number 
1945.381
Marks 
printed: on reverse near rim: "Remember them that are in bonds."
Gallery Label 
This small basket, transfer-printed with an antislavery image of a kneeling slave in chains, was probably made as part of a dresser set. It may have been sold at one of the many antislavery bazaars run by women. Fair managers often displayed antislavery slogans, such as the one printed on the underside of this basket, on walls and signs. The Biblical phrase, "Remember them that are in bonds," comes from Hebrews 13:3, and was also the title of an antislavery poem published in Boston in 1843.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group