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 bowl with a six –lobed rim, notched or indented at the corners, on a high foot ring, decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. The rim exterior and interior have a gilded edge, 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.

Date

c. 1802-1804


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (soft-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 3 9/16 in. x 12 3/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (9.05 cm x 31.43 cm x 22.54 cm)


Credit Line

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


Object Number

H-3030/Q


Colors (Beta)


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