National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Pennsylvania German Dish Pennsylvania German Dish
Rendered by Albert Levone (artist), c. 1936
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paperboard
overall: 34 x 28 cm (13 3/8 x 11 in.) Original IAD Object: om(?) 237
Index of American Design
1943.8.8102
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 3 of 23

Dishes made by Pennsylvania German potters came in a variety of sizes and shapes. This oval one with scalloped edges was elaborately decorated by the sgraffito technique. Notice the bold floral design that contrasts with the light strokes of lettering that form a delicate border. Splashes of green worked into the glaze heighten the color of the red clay that is exposed. The dish was made by Samuel Troxel. The inscription reads: "From clay and many skills, the potter fashions what he will, July the 19th 1823."

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