Some two hundred girls, all Americans, are employed in ornamenting and finishing porcelain ware in this city. All of them, except fo ur, are employed in the process of burnishing the gold after it comes from the furnace, and the painting is all done by experienced male artists. The gild ing of china ware is done in New York to a considerable extent. Importers find it cheaper to buy the white ware in France and England, and have ornamented in this country. The duty on the increased value of the ware is thus saved.
This article was originally published with the title "Porcelain Manufacture" in Scientific American 8, 23, 184 (February 1853)