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Chinese hand-painted blue and white porcelain in standard patterns, such as landscape and river scenes, offered Westerners a romanticized glimpse of the exotic East and were prized for their durability and artistry. This custard cup and lid is part of an extensive dinner service which once belonged to Elizabeth Willing Powel, wife of Philadelphia mayor Samuel Powel who died in 1793, and a close friend of George and Martha Washington. Powel family descendants recorded that George Washington dined off this porcelain, perhaps while attending one of the dinners or salons for which the intelligent, witty Mrs. Powel was known. More

Date

1790-1840


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), gilt


Credit

Gift of Thomas I. H. Powel, 1978


Object Number

W-1612/99A-B


Colors


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