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Plate with geometric decoration

mid 20th century
Myrton Purkiss (American, born in Canada, 1912–1978)


Overall: 3.8 x 24.1 cm (1 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Black exterior, polychrome geometric decoration on yellow crazed glaze on interior, red concentric rings at rim. Wire for wall hanging inserted through foot of plate.


Signed "M. Purkiss" in black on patch of white glaze inside foot ring, also signed "Purkiss" in blue below geometric design on foot. Red paper label on back: "AN ORIGINAL / DESIGN BY / M PURKISS / CERAMICS / NO DUPLICATES" and printed paper label "443".


April 25, 1994, sold by Mark McDonald, New York, to Philip E. Aarons, New York; 2012, year-end gift of Aarons to the MFA. (Accession date: Februrary 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons in honor of Jules and Jeanette Aarons