We find the wording of this bill a little confusing. Though codified in the Tennessee Code with other Tennessee state symbols, wording of the law does not refer to porcelain painting as a symbol, official or otherwise.
In contrast, section 4-1-313 does not explicitly state that porcelain painting is the "official fine art" of Tennessee. It does not even designate porcelain painting as "an" official fine art. It simply says that porcelain painting is "recognized" as a fine art in Tennessee.
We think that porcelain painting could be considered a fine art anywhere. Why craft a law that states the obvious?
Please contact us if you have information that can help us to better understand this designation.
The following information was excerpted from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3, Section 4-1-313.
Title 4 State Government
Chapter 1 General Provisions
Part 3 State Symbols
Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-1-313 (2011)
4-1-313. Porcelain painting.
Porcelain painting (china painting) is recognized as a fine art in Tennessee.
History. Acts 1981, ch. 55, § 1.
The State of Tennessee. Tennessee Code Annotated. Nashville: State of Tennessee. Web. 06 Aug 2011. <http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Tennessee state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
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