"The obligations you are continually laying me under, are so great that I am quite overwhelmed and perfectly ashamed of myself for receiving them…the Jarrs came very safe…[they are] fine and exceedingly handsome, they shall occupy the place you have named for them." - George Washington to Samuel Vaughan, Mount Vernon, November 18, 1786

English merchant Samuel Vaughan's generosity still overwhelms visitors to Mount Vernon. In 1785, Vaughan shipped a costly Italian marble mantelpiece from his own country estate in England to be installed in Mount Vernon's "New Room". One year later, these striking, baluster-shaped garniture vases arrived. Their opulent dark blue grounds - a color perfected at Worcester in the late 1760s - marvelously frame the exotic landscapes with animals contained in the reserves. Displayed on the mantel, these vases were a focal point of the room and a signal of wealth and sophistication.
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Date

1768-1770


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Material/Technique

Porcelain (soft-paste or soapstone), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall: 12 3/4 in., 4.31 lb. (32.39 cm, 1.96 kg)


Credit

Purchase, 1963


Marks

Underglaze mark painted on underside (in blue): factory of a Worcester square or fret mark.


Signed

Overglaze signature painted at lower left of both reserves (in brown): "ON invr&c,".


Object Number

W-972/A


Colors


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