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Starry Night plate

designed about 1952
Designed by Mary K. Grant (American, born in 1903), Manufactured by Franciscan Division, Gladding, McBean & Co. (active 1875–1984)

Object Place: Glendale, California


Overall: 1.9 x 17.8 cm (3/4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Porcelain with platinum decoration

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



The “Encanto” shape is a circular form with a flat center, rising gradually to a flared rim with a rounded edge. The plate is decorated with the “Starry Night” pattern that consists of a glossy dark blue-black glaze, punctuated by a seemingly random arrangement of thin silver lines, and silver stars and dots of various sizes. The bottom surface is a cream color with a clear overglaze.


"Franciscan fine China / MADE IN CALIFORNIA, U.S.A." in circle with church on top; "GLADDING, MCBEAN & CO. / STARRY NIGHT"


2008, purchased on eBay by Brett Angell, Chelsea, Mass.; 2008, gift to the MFA from Brett Angell.

Credit Line

Gift of Brett Angell