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Object Name: Basket
Date: ca. 1820-1830
Medium: Molded porcelain
Dimensions: Overall: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 6.4 x 9.5 x 7.9 cm )
Description: Rectangular molded porcelain basket with foliate edge and twisted handle with shell joints; black transfer printed view of kneeling figure in chains; painted overglaze enamel palm tree; gilt highlights on rim, handle and foot. Printed on reverse: "Remember them that are in bonds."
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert C. Taylor
Object Number: 1945.381
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Marks: printed: on reverse near rim: "Remember them that are in bonds."

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This small basket, transfer-printed with an antislavery image of a kneeling slave in chains, was probably made as part of a dresser set. It may have been sold at one of the many antislavery bazaars run by women. Fair managers often displayed antislavery slogans, such as the one printed on the underside of this basket, on walls and signs. The Biblical phrase, "Remember them that are in bonds," comes from Hebrews 13:3, and was also the title of an antislavery poem published in Boston in 1843.


"New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War," New-York Historical Society, November 17, 2006-September 3, 2007.