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In 1876, an English designer bought a shipment of Japanese objects for Tiffany's in New York City. That same year Japan's showing at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition fostered a vogue for all things Japanese. Artists and designers were inspired by the simplicity of Japanese wares and drew on them to create an increasingly influential cult of beauty in every day objects. Innovative designs and a variety of colors, eventually introduced into the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework of Deerfield, Massachusetts, broadened the local organization's appeal and resulted in a larger clientele. The maker's mark, a "D" in the flax wheel, is incorporated into the center of the design.