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Tea Bowl and Dish

A work made of hard-paste porcelain, glaze, with enamels in colors, and gilding.
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  • A work made of hard-paste porcelain, glaze, with enamels in colors, and gilding.


c. 1784–95


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, Gallery 166


Arts of the Americas


Chinese export porcelain


Tea Bowl and Dish


China (Object made in)

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c. 1784–1795


Hard-paste porcelain, glaze, with enamels in colors, and gilding


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

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