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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.


Oval platter or dish with a six –lobed rim, notched or indented at the corners, and a shallow foot ring, decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. The rim has a gilded edge, a row of alternating red roses with green stems and leaves and gilded wheat ears, a row of gilded wheat ears, and another row of alternating red roses and gilded wheat ears.


c. 1802-1804



Porcelain (soft-paste), enamel, gilt


Overall (H x W x D): 1 3/4 in. x 18 in. x 13 5/8 in. (4.45 cm x 45.72 cm x 34.61 cm)

Credit Line

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


Impressed on the underside of the platter, under the glaze: “6”.

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Colors (Beta)

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