M987.91 | Plate

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26 cm
Gift of Mr. Alan L. Wilkinson
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

This plate shows several of Montreal's famous buildings and monuments.

In the 19th century, china manufacturers sold plates and table accessories decorated with a famous painting or photograph. They proved to be very popular. Many public and religious institutions also had their names or coats of arms put on tableware.

China imported into Canada from the United Kingdom was especially well known for its high quality. Decorated with local landscapes, it was even more highly sought after. Today it is still prized by many collectors. As English manufacturers generally signed their work - as is the case of this plate - it is usually easy to look pieces up in reference books.

  • What

    This plate shows St. James Methodist Church, Notre Dame Church, Christ Church Cathedral, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the monument to de Maisonneuve and Dominion Square.

  • Where

    China made in Staffordshire, England, like this plate, is especially well known around the world.

  • When

    In 1820, English manufacturers began to sell sets of china decorated with Western or Eastern scenes in different colour schemes.

  • Who

    The importer of this plate asked the English manufacturer to write on the bottom, "Made expressly for G.W. Clarke & Co, Montreal, Canada," as was quite commonly done at the time.