Overall: 2 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 10 in. ( 6.4 x 59.7 x 25.4 cm )
Porcelain fish platter of elongated rectangular shape; scalloped edge with gilding; central portion and parts of rim hand-painted in polychrome enamels with sea flora and fauna, including starfish, seaweed, shells, and fish. Factory mark, decorator's mark and Latin inscription on underside of platter.
Gift of Ione Sutton, 1995
printed: in green on underside: "H & Co./L" painted: in red on underside: "CRB" [decorator's mark] written: in black enamel on underside: "Sphaenococcus Coronopifolius"
This platter, part of a porcelain fish set, was a wedding present to New Yorker George W. Sutton, Jr. and Bostonian Margaret Bates Shaw, who were married in 1886. Each piece is hand-painted with different varieties of sea flora and fauna. The Suttons lived in Harlem at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 135th Street and moved to New Rochelle by 1899. Their cousin, Effingham Sutton, was responsible for developing Sutton Place about 1875.
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