Label

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

A1:
Oval, baluster-shaped tureen with scrolled shell handles on opposite sides on a pedestal foot, decorated with overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. The rim exterior has 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. The ribs of the shell handles are picked out in gilt and a gilded floral spray adorns the sides of each handle.

A2:
Oval, high-domed lid with a stem knop on a shallow foot ring, decorated with overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. The rim exterior has a gilded edge, an outer row of alternating red roses with green stems and leaves and gilded wheat ears, a central row of gilded wheat ears, and an inner row of alternating red roses and gilded wheat ears. The ribs of the knop are picked out in gilded hatching. There is half-circular cutout in the rim on one side to accommodate a soup ladle.

Date

c. 1802-1804


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (soft-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 9 in. x 12 5/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (22.86 cm x 32.07 cm x 22.23 cm)


Credit Line

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


Object Number

H-3030/A1-A2


Colors (Beta)


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