Label

Chinese hand-painted blue and white porcelain in standard patterns, such as landscape and river scenes, offered Westerners a romanticized glimpse of the exotic East and were prized for their durability and artistry. This chamber pot once belonged to Elizabeth Willing Powel, wife of Philadelphia mayor Samuel Powel (who died in 1793) and a close friend of George and Martha Washington.

Description

A: Circular chamber pot with a squared, projecting rim, rounded sides, and an ear-shaped handle with three-leaf terminals, on a shallow foot ring. The pot features underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze gilt decoration. Around the exterior is a right-anchored landscape with a large pavilion and walled garden complex enclosing a banana tree near the handle. Two clumps of pine trees incline toward one another on the two small points of land in the background at top. In the foreground below is a single figure holding a parasol on a bridge; a sampan or single-oared, flat-bottomed boat is in the river to the left. The exterior of the rim has a cell-diaper border. Below the rim and above the main design is a trellis-diaper border with spearheads and double dots. The handle is decorated in blue with a flower at the center of a foliate garland. A similar gilt garland adorns the top of the handle. Traces of gilt are present on the top and bottom edge of the rim, the space between the trellis and spearhead sections of the border, the line above the main design, and the handle terminals.

B: Circular, low-domed lid with a circular, flattened-knob handle. The lid features underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze gilt decoration. Across the dome is a right-anchored landscape with a large pavilion and walled garden complex enclosing a banana tree to the right of the handle. Two clumps of pine trees incline toward one another on the two small points of land in the background at top. In the foreground below is a single figure holding a parasol on a bridge; a sampan or single-oared, flat-bottomed boat is in the river to the left. The rim features a trellis-diaper border with spearheads and double dots. The handle is gilded and the exterior edge of the lid, the space between each part of the border and the border and the design all retain traces of gilt.

Pattern Names: Inclined Pines, Nanking.

Date

1790-1840


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), gilt


Dimensions

Overall (With lid H x W x D): 7 1/2 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (19.05 cm x 27.31 cm x 22.54 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Thomas I. H. Powel, 1980


Object Number

W-1612/113A-B


Colors (Beta)


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