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Catalog Number 2015.47.1
Object Name Plate
Description Circular plate with an inset footring, transfer-printed in underglaze blue with a narrow chain border at the edge of the rim; a wide floral border on the rim with a rectangular panel with clipped corners containing "JESSE BROWN/ WASHINGTON CITY" at the top center; and a bucolic landscape scene with cows and a castle in the foreground. On the reverse is impressed "MAYER" and a transfer-printed cartouche with the coat of arms of Britain with a lion and a unicorn and "STONE CHINA" and "MAYER STOKE"

Jesse Brown was the proprietor of the Indian Queen Hotel, one of, if not, the most exclusive hotels in the Washington D.C. in the 1820s and 1830s. It was home to a number of Congressmen (who often lived in hotels and boarding houses during sessions) and the site of several significant events in the period; John Tyler was inaugurated as President there (with Jesse Brown serving as a witness) on April 6, 1841, after the death of William Henry Harrison, and John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, Davey Crocket, Sam Houston, and Daniel Webster all dined in the Indian Queen.

Thomas Mayer was a potter who worked in Staffordshire, England, between 1826 and 1838. The scene on the plate was known as "Cattle and Scenery."
Year Range from 1826
Year Range to 1838
Material Pearlware
Place of Origin Made in Staffordshire, England
Artist Thomas Mayer
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of Robert Hunter
On View No