European Decorative Plates

The first two of these plates are German; the other four, French. The manufacturers are unknown, but it's clear from the designs that the German plates are part of a set, and all three French plates at right are indentified by the running title "La Case de l'Oncle Tom." It's interesting to note that in the French representation of the scene at the Rocky Pass, neither Phineas nor George and Jim's families are visible; it is thus George who tells Loker he is not wanted here while pushing him over the cliff, and the image is of two black men fighting for their own freedom, not to protect women and children. Every known American representation of this scene includes Eliza, Harry and Jim's mother.

Courtesy Mary Schlosser; and the Katherine Seymour Day Collection, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

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