Overall: 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 1.9 x 15.9 cm )
Octagonal pearlware child's plate; at center, black transfer-printed image of a horse-drawn moving cart; inscription above and below image.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
printed: on obverse, above and below image: "THREE REMOVES ARE AS BAD AS A FIRE/A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS./FRANKLIN'S PROVERBS."
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.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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