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This platter is part of an extensive dinner service owned by Robert E. Lee, Jr. and possibly inherited from his mother, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington and wife of General Robert E. Lee. Its transfer-printed pattern imitates the popular, hand-painted landscape designs found on Chinese export porcelain. By the time the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association received this and other pieces of porcelain from the Lee family in 1935, they had become commingled with the Washington-owned pieces the family inherited.


Rectangular, octagonal platter with notched or indented corners and a flat, unglazed foot, transfer-printed in underglaze blue. Centered in the well is a right-anchored landscape with a pavilion complex and willow tree at right along the well. A small ship appears in the river just below center and there is a flat-top bridge in the foreground at bottom. The sides of the well feature a trellis or “X” border. The rim has an outer border of diagonal lines over blue, a starred network band, and an inner “rain and cloud” or diagonal line and scallop border. A series of deep, concentric grooves is present on the underside of the foot.

Pattern Name: Canton







Overall (H x W x D): 1 5/16 in. x 14 3/4 in. x 10 15/16 in. (3.33 cm x 37.47 cm x 27.78 cm)

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Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund and partial gift of an anonymous donor, 2004

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