Saucer: Franklin's Proverbs...Silks & Satins

Object Number: 
INV.13581
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 5 in. ( 1.3 x 12.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in black around central view: "SILKS AND SATINS AND VELVETS PUT OUT THE KITCHEN FIRE...../FRANKLIN'S PROVERB"
Description: 
Molded octagonal plate with border decoration of flowers in low relief; there is a black transfer printed central image of a woman with feathers in her hair seated and looking in the mirror as her children tip over a chamber pot in front of a cold fireplace; a moralizing inscription encircles the image; some of the flowers on the brim are painted with green and pink luster, and the rim is encircled by pink luster.
Gallery Label: 
Benjamin Franklin represents America's prototypical self-made man, rising from humble tradesman to revolutionary thinker and world leader through a combination of hard work and thrift. In his Poor Richard's Almanack, published serially between 1732 and 1757, Franklin printed a steady offering of aphorisms and proverbs counseling industry and frugality, which captured the attention of a society bent on self-improvement. Beginning in the 1830s, Franklin's sayings were frequently printed, and imaginatively illustrated, on plates and mugs presented to children as a reward for good behavior and achievement.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group