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Pottery by Frackelton

Decorated platter
Manufactured by Mercer Warrented China
Hand painted by Susan S. Frackelton, 1875-1885
Earthenware with clear glaze

White earthenware platter is oval-shaped with molded and reticulated scroll handles on the ends with a clear glaze. Hand-painted decoration includes sprays of gray, green, and red grasses and an orange and brown butterfly. The rim is painted in gilt, and the scrolls are painted in gilt and accented with gilt dots. The underside of the platter has a maker's mark of a globe design with the company stamp "MERCER WARRENTED CHINA". Mercer Warrented China operated in Trenton, New Jersey from 1868-1938.

According to donor, the platter was painted (decorated) by Susan S. Frackelton. Frackelton began her ceramics career as a porcelain decorator in the early 1870s. She went on to become a leader in the china painting movement through prolific production, her family's china decorating company, and as author with her seminal publication, "Tried by Fire". Platter was donated in 1955 by Emily Groom of Milwaukee.

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