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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 saucer was acquired with a dinner service originally owned by Elizabeth Willing Powel, a close friend of George and Martha Washington, but its pattern indicates that it was made later than the rest of the set. A Powel family descendant may have added it.


Circular saucer with a plain, flared rim on a shallow foot ring, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Centered in the well is a right-anchored landscape with a pavilion next to two large trees at center and a moon in the background at top. In the left foreground is a figure in a sampan or flat-bottomed, single-oared boat and at right a single figure holding a parasol on a bridge. The sides of the well feature a trellis-diaper border with three reserves displaying Buddhist symbols, while the rim has a trellis-diaper border with alternating single, double, and triple dots.

Pattern Names: Twin Pines and Pavillion.





Porcelain (hard-paste)


Overall (H x W x D): 1 3/16 in. x 6 1/4 in. x 6 5/16 in. (3.02 cm x 15.88 cm x 16.03 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas I. H. Powel, 1980


A blue veined Artemisia leaf is painted on the underside of the saucer at center.

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Colors (Beta)

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