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Brownish black, with figure of a seated woman playing a lyre in white pate-sur-pate technique. A band of white, blue and gold around rim. Decorated by Solon. = Multiple Hand Drawn Marks =


B 39 X [in circle] 11N MINTON signed LMS in monogram. Fragment of paper label inscribed, "544 Plate 'Pat[e-sur pate?]/Solon, at / Present..."


1873, exhibited by Minton China Works at the Vienna International Exhibition and, about 1873/1874, sold to George Washington Wales, Boston [see note]; 1876, given by George Washington Wales to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1876) NOTE: This was one in a set of Minton plates exhibited in Vienna in 1873. In the Minton Archives ledgers, one plate from this exhibition is said to have been sold to the "Massachusetts Museum," probably a reference to the MFA. It is likely that George Washington Wales acquired the plate for the MFA; it was certainly in his possession by 1874.

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Gift of George Washington Wales

English, 1872

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Ceramics, Porcelain