Platter - ROM2006_6378_1



Maker: Edward Walley (English, active c. 1845-1865)
Medium:Earthenware with underglaze transfer-print with emblems and mottoes of the Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Geography: Cobridge, Staffordshire, England
Date: c. 1856-1865
4.1 (height) x 37.0 (width) x 28.8 (depth) cm
Object number: 963.152.B
Credit Line: Gift of the Sigmund Samuel Endowment Fund
Not on view
DescriptionAbout the mid 1860s, Edward Walley of Staffordshire produced a pattern that was either commissioned directly by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste or unofficially by some members, because, along with maple leaves and a beaver on a maple bough, it bore the mottos of the society: NOS INSTITUTIONS! NOTRE LANGUE, ET NOS LOIS [Our Institutions! Our Language, and Our Laws]; and LABOR OMNIA VINCIT [Work Conquers All]. This pattern had a general market among francophones in Canada East (Quebec) and bespeaks their acceptance of the beaver and maple leaf as their emblems as a distinct people.
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