Tea Bowl and Dish

A work made of porcelain.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of porcelain.

Date:

c. 1784/95

Artist:

China, Qianlong reign
Chinese, made for the American market

About this artwork

This tea bowl and dish, decorated with an American sailing vessel and the initials CWJER (or CW & ER), are among the many examples of souvenir ware that captains and trade merchants special ordered from the porcelain shops in Canton to commemorate their journeys. The decoration on these pieces is of a more personal character than the average stock porcelain. Motifs for commemorative ware were most often copied from illustrations on mercantile and cargo documentation and thus probably bore little resemblance to the actual vessels.

On View

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Chinese export porcelain

Title

Tea Bowl and Dish

Origin

United States

Date

1784–1795

Medium

Porcelain

Dimensions

Cup: 4.5 × 8.6 cm (1 3/4 × 3 3/8 in.) Saucer: 3 × 14.1 cm (1 3/16 × 5 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frederick S. Colburn

Reference Number

1958.222a-b

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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