Openwork Fruit BasketMade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, 1770 - 1772
Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration (undecorated bottom edge has been restored)
1943-67-1Gift (by exchange) of the Franklin Institute, 1943
LabelIn 1841 Dr. James Mease presented this basket to the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, with a letter explaining that it was made at the city's American China Manufactory. With the early documentation this letter provides, this basket is the standard---a Rosetta Stone---for authenticating wares produced by the factory.
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