Overall: 3/4 x 8 in. ( 1.9 x 20.3 cm )
Molded pearlware plate with black transfer-printed image of the burning of Coenties Slip, New York; border with eight reserves alternating with firefighting emblems and American eagle; central image of burning warehouse building with river and boat in foreground.
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
transfer-printed: in black on underside of plate: [eagle] and "Stone ware/VIEW/FROM/COENTIES-SLIP" printed: on adhesive label on underside of plate: "72" [collector's label]
This plate is from a series of three that depict the devastation of the Great Fire of December 16, 1835, that destroyed nearly seven hundred buildings. The Merchants' Exchange, completed in 1827, was a building of both financial importance and architectural beauty; Coenties Slip was a bustling commercial pier.
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
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