On April 24, 1796, Dutch merchant Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest (1739-1801) arrived in Philadelphia from Canton with "A Box of China for Lady Washington." Van Braam designed the porcelain's decoration, which symbolizes his belief in the unity of the colonies that formed the United States and his scorn for their former ruler, King George III. The initials "MW" shine at the center of the design. More

Date

1795


People


Geography

  • Made - China
  • Decorated - China

Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 1 5/16 in. x 6 3/16 in. x 6 3/16 in. (3.33 cm x 15.72 cm x 15.72 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1981


Object Number

W-2803


Colors


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