SGRAFFITO AND SLIP-DECORATED REDWARE DISH, ATTRIBUTED TO FREDERICK TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, DATED 1793.
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The white slip ground decorated in sgraffito, daubed with green spots and reserved with a floral spray, sprigs and flowerheads, incised around the rim with the German proverb “Es sein kein vogel, es sind kein fisch/ Es weis ken gucku was es ist/ Eine blumme Zuschreiben/ Ist fur die zeit zu verdreiben, 1793” (There are no birds, there are no fish, No cuckoo knows what it is, To dedicate a flower/ Is to pass away the time), covered in yellowish mat lead glaze. Diameter 12 inches.
Literature: A marriage dish in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with identical slip and floral decoration, also dated 1793, is illustrated in Beatrice B. Garvan, “The Pennsylvania German Collection,” p. 215, n. 7.