Bread plate

English (Stoke-on-Trent)
about 1849
Designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (English, 1812–1852), Made at Minton & Co. (active 1793-present)


Dimensions

Overall (Diameter): 33 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number

1989.208

Medium or Technique

Colored earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Made by Minton & Co., Stoke-on-Trent. Encaustic earthenware decorated with slip. Marks: 430 impressed. Buff-colored earthenware with a circular design incorporating wheatsheaves, formalized leaf scrolls and geometric motifs in red-brown clay inlay and blue.


Pugin was the leading inspiration behind the Gothic Revival in England, and this plate is an icon of that style. His collaboration with the Minton factory resulted in the revival of the encaustic, or inlaid, clay technique practiced in the medieval period. Inscribed in Gothic lettering on this bread plate is “Waste Not Want Not,” a timely reference to the hunger and poverty sweeping Britain in the 1840s.

Inscription

The inscription on the rim in pseudo-Gothic lettering reads: "Waste Not Want Not."

Markings

430 impressed.

Provenance

By 1989, with Kurland-Zabar, New York, NY; 1989, sold by Kurland-Zabar to the MFA. (Accession date: June 21, 1989)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund