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Openwork Fruit Basket

American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, 1770 - 1772

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration (undecorated bottom edge has been restored)

2 1/8 x 5 3/4 inches (5.4 x 14.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 387, American Art, third floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of the Franklin Institute, 1943

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In 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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