Label

This mid-eighteenth century tea and coffee set combines Eastern and Western innovations to create a sophisticated fashion statement: the fine porcelain bodies are Chinese but the engaging landscape scenes are copied from tablewares made at the Meissen factory in Germany. Its last private owner was a descendant of Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis Lewis, and it is possible that it was originally acquired by George and Martha Washington.

Description

Circular tea bowl with a plain rim and flared sides rounded at bottom, on a shallow foot ring, decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels in the famille rose palette and gilt. Two sides of the bowl feature a band of pink and orange feather-like scrollwork surrounding a brown and gilt frame containing a landscape scene with European-style buildings in the background and four workmen in the right foreground at bottom, one of which appear to be rolling a barrel or a bale. The rim interior exhibits traces of a gilt border of interlocking circles with pendants of three dots.

Date

1745-1760


Geography


Material/Technique

Porcelain (hard-paste), enamel, gilt


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 1 5/8 in. x 2 1/16 in. x 2 1/16 in. (4.13 cm x 5.24 cm x 5.24 cm)


Credit Line

Purchased with funds donated by Joseph and Anne Pellegrino, 2004


Object Number

W-4358


Colors (Beta)


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