ca. 1827-1840Elkin, Knight & Bridgwood, The Foley PotteriesStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Englandtransfer-printed earthenware

Gift of Laura F. Sprague in honor of Sean Burrus, 2021


Elkin, Knight & Bridgwood was one of many British ceramic manufactories that met 19th-century demand for classically inspired tablewares. In 1841 Bowdoin alumnus, patron, and art collector Colonel George William Boyd (1795-1860), for whom this gallery is named, owned a large “Dining Set Etruscan pattern.” It comprised three different sizes of dinner plates and soup plates, sauce boats, custard cups, and gravy boats with ladles and stands. The exact design of his service is not known but this plate, marked “Etruscan” on the underside, matches that description and dates to the time of his household

—Laura Fecych Sprague