While visiting England, Thomas Law purchased this set of tablewares with the intention of presenting it to his estranged wife, Eliza Parke Custis Law, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. Upon his return, the couple formally separated, and in 1810, when their divorce was finalized, Law gave the service to a friend who had handled the legal proceedings, Rep. William Czar Bradley of Vermont.

Description

Oval, baluster-shaped tureen with scrolled shell handles on opposite sides on a pedestal foot, decorated with overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. The rim exterior has a gilded edge. On the top of the body exterior is an upper row of alternating red roses with green stems and leaves and gilded wheat ears, a central row of gilded wheat ears, and a lower row of alternating red roses and gilded wheat ears. The ribs of the shell handles are picked out in gilded teardrops and the edges are picked out in gilt. Mold lines are visible along the exterior and interior sides of the tureen.

Date

c. 1802-1804


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (soft-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 3 1/4 in. x 7 in. x 4 in. (8.26 cm x 17.78 cm x 10.16 cm)

* Object size compared to a tennis ball


Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Bradley Willard, 1986


Marks

Impressed on the underside of the foot: “2’.


Object Number

H-3030/C


Colors (Beta)


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