Even as a bachelor, George Washington acquired choice furnishings which bespoke his gentility and position in Virginia society. He was at the height of elegance in serving Chinese Hyson tea, frequently mentioned in his orders to and invoices from London, in the "Compleat sett Fine Image China" he received from London in 1757. A necessary part of the tea equipage, the slop bowl provided a neat way to dispose of the unwanted dregs found in a cup or pot.


Circular, thrown bowl with flared sides rounded at bottom on a high, circular foot; exterior is decorated with overglaze polychrome enamel (famille rose) vignettes; in the reserve on one side, a Chinese man and woman stand in a garden near a building; in the continuation of the scene in the other reserve, one child lays on the ground while another stands next to a woman who is seated on a bench holding a pink fan, with a lake in the background; both vignettes are framed by underglaze blue flowers and scrollwork; the sides of the bowl between these vignettes are decorated with additional reserves of lakeside scenes in overglaze red enamel framed by underglaze blue flowers and scrollwork; rims and ground between scrollwork picked out in gilt; interior undecorated.


c. 1755



Porcelain (hard-paste), enamel, gilt


Overall: 2 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (6.99 cm x 14.3 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Margaret B. Smith, to the memory of Henrietta Elizabeth Smith, Grandniece of Martha Washington, Daughter of Commodore John Dandridge Henley, and Wife of J. Bayard H. Smith, Esq., 1910

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