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Catalog Number R1967.1.270
Object Name Platter
Description This brightly colored platter is associated with one of the most politically active New Yorkers of the early-nineteenth century: DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828). Clinton served as a New York state assemblyman, as a U.S. senator, as mayor of New York, as a candidate for president, and as a governor of New York. His most noted achievement was the development of the Erie Canal, which occurred while he was governor.

The center of the platter is decorated with a traditional Chinese landscape scene, and the rim is decorated with depictions of the Eight Immortals, important figures in Daoism. Though significant in Chinese culture, they would have been meaningless to Clinton, who would have seen them as exotic decoration. Also on the rim are the initials of DeWitt Clinton and his wife Maria. The service may have been made for their marriage in 1796.
Year Range from 1796
Year Range to 1810
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery
Gallery ID Number 54