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 covered dish is part of an extensive dinner service which 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. Powel family descendants recorded that George Washington dined off this porcelain, perhaps while attending one of the dinners or salons for which the intelligent, witty Mrs. Powel was known.

Description

A:
Quatrefoil-shaped, low-domed lid with slightly indented corners and a strawberry knop. The lid features underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze gilded decoration. Across the dome is a right-anchored landscape with a large pavilion complex to the right of the top of the berry. Within the complex's yard, enclosed by a lattice fence, are two figures, including one sweeping. To the left, another figure carries two bundles of sticks or fagots on a shoulder pole across a bridge. The rim has a "Fitzhugh" type border of scales, honeycomb, butterflies, flowers and foliage framed by a fish roe band. The knop is decorated in blue while the edges of the leaf and the body of the strawberry are gilded. Five air holes are situated in a line across the strawberry. The lid's edge retains traces of gilt.

Pattern Names: Fuelbearer and Sweeper.

B:
Quatrefoil-shaped dish with indented corners, a flat rim, rounded sides, and a flat, unglazed foot. The dish features underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze gilded decoration. Centered in the well of the dish is a right-anchored landscape with a large pavilion complex with a lattice fence and a figure sweeping to the right, and another figure carrying two bundles of sticks or fagots on a shoulder pole across a bridge at lower left. A trellis-diaper border with four oblong reserves containing a flowering vine and four circular reserves containing a chrysanthemum runs around the central design. The rim has a "Fitzhugh" type border of scales, honeycomb, butterflies, flowers and foliage framed by a fish roe band. The exterior of the dish has a floral sprig on each side. The edges of the rim retain traces of gilt.

Date

1770-1780


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 5 5/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. x 9 5/16 in. (14.29 cm x 28.58 cm x 23.65 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Thomas I. H. Powel, 1980


Object Number

W-1612/66A-B


Colors (Beta)


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