Plate, mid-18th century
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Porcelain; H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm), Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
University of Pennsylvania Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Philadelphia, Pa.)
This oriental export porcelain plate was possibly purchased by Franklin during his years of residence in London. His correspondence contains references to his purchases of household ceramics for his own use or to be sent home to his wife or daughter.
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