Dessert Plate - General Post Office Melbourne, circa 1888 Object Reg. No: HT 12777

Summary:
Ornamental ceramic dessert plate, possibly German, sold as a souvenir of Melbourne featuring an image of the 'General Post Office Melbourne'. It is one of a series of desert plates produced for sale at the time of the Centennial International Exhibition held in Melbourne from 1 August 1888 to 31 January 1889. Another plate in the series features an image of the Exhibition Building.
Description:
Ornamental ceramic dessert plate, no maker's mark. The plate is a light pink which is not uniform across the object with white showing through in some places. It has gold decorations in the form of a an elaborate cut-out border with hand-applied gold paint representing looped ribbon. The plate shows some sign of use, due to cutlery marks.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 223 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: buildings, world fairs, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889, post offices, ceramics, exterior views
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: The number '160' is written in gold paint on the underside.
Place & Date of Event: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Central, Victoria, Australia, 1 Aug 1888 - 31 Jan 1889

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