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|
|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|