Decorative Plates

These 13 earthenware plates probably represent only a fraction of the total number of designs produced during the 1850s. The first four from left are from a series, which may have included other scenes from the novel. Otherwise, despite many similarities, these plates may have all been produced by different Staffordshire companies. Almost all are inexpensively made, suggesting they were designed for the same mass audience that made Stowe's novel a best-seller.

From the Katherine Seymour Day and Harry Birdoff Collections, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
and the Mary Schlosser Collection.

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