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Seattle Art Museum (SAM)


ca. 1751-52

The blue border of this French plate mimics the gemstone lapis lazuli, a precious commodity imported from Afghanistan. The allusion to lapis lazuli emphasized the value of porcelain, which was costly to produce.
Soft paste porcelain
9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm) diameter
Gift of Paula Wolf Dillon, Dr. Mary Gardys van den Berg, and Martin Wolf in memory of their mother Mary Alice Wolf
Provenance: Purchased from Dragesco-Cramoison Porcelaines et Verreries Anciennes 13, rue de Beaune 75007 Paris, France
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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