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The sweet meat dish, modeled after Rococo-revival English examples, was meant to serve small dessert treats, such as sugared nuts and fruits, on a well-appointed 18th-century table.
 

Sweetmeat Dish
about 1771

The American China Manufactory, Philadelphia
This three-footed porcelain serving dish was made by one of the few companies manufacturing porcelain in the American colonies. Porcelain production required highly skilled craftspeople. The work of processing the clay and forming the ware was demanding, and firing the finished product was hazardous. In order to compete with the foreign porcelains then flooding the colonial market, the American China Manufactory hired British and European workers. The company produced several examples of sophisticated tableware and dresser sets before closing down in 1772.

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Decorated in underglaze blue
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· Porcelain Production in the American Colonies

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