After George and Martha Washington's deaths, Mount Vernon became a pilgrimage site and their material possessions were revered as relics. This Chinese export porcelain vase appears on the mantel of the "New Room" in an illustration in Benson Lossing's 1858 publication "Mount Vernon and its Associations." Its Washington provenance remained unquestioned until recent scholarship revealed that the bold painting and awkward proportions were more characteristic of nineteenth-century Chinese porcelain. It may have been purchased by Washington's nephew, Bushrod Washington (1762-1829), in the 1820s.

See also vase, W-19/C-D.






Porcelain, enamel, gilt


Overall (A: lid): 4 1/2 in. x 7 in. (11.43 cm x 17.78 cm)
Overall (B: vase): 13 9/16 in. x 7 in. (34.44 cm x 17.78 cm)


Gift of Mrs. George Hearst, Vice Regent for California, 1893

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