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Pickle Dish
Pickle Dish, 1770-1772
American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, American
Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
4 3/16 x 4 1/2 inches (10.6 x 11.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Rush, 1950
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Colonial Philadelphia Porcelain: The Art of Bonnin and Morris
March 8, 2008 - June 1, 2008

This small and highly significant exhibition highlights the brilliant work that characterizes Philadelphia's first commercially produced porcelain. Modeled on English prototypes, the surviving ornamental tablewares—diminutive baskets, sauceboats, pickle dishes, and pickle stands decorated with a variety of underglaze blue painted motifs—are relics of the American China Manufactory, which was situated in the Southwark section of Philadelphia and operated between 1770 and 1772.

Today, the few surviving wares documented to the colonial Philadelphia factory are known as "Bonnin and Morris" in honor of the factory's proprietors, British-born Gousse Bonnin and Philadelphian George Anthony Morris. This exhibition assembles the 19 known surviving examples of Bonnin and Morris's soft-paste porcelain for the first time.


This exhibition is supported by The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Linda H. Kaufman, and Robert L. McNeil, Jr.


Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley • Associate Curator of American Art


Gallery 286, second floor

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