About this artwork
Chinese porcelain made especially for export to the United States often displays painted imagery of subjects that appealed to wealthy American consumers, including armorial and marine studies and commemorative events. Part of a larger suite, these four pieces were commissioned around 1800 in remembrance of the nation’s first president, who died in 1799. Symbols such as the weeping willow, tomb, and eagle, all depicted on these wares, reflect the contemporary mourning for Washington.
- Two Sauceboats and Two Covered Tureens from the "Washington Memorial Service"
- c. 1800
- Restricted gifts of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and an anonymous donor