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Catalog Number R1967.1.13a
Object Name Teacup
Description Tea cup having a double-bellied body and molded loop handle; decorated in overglaze enamels and gold opposite the handle with an eagle with wings outstretched, holding a banner inscribed "IN GOD WE HOPE," a shield bearing a fouled anchor (an anchor intertwined with a rope) and a trumpet. Originally there was a circle of stars over the eagle's head and a border on the rim which has been worn away.

This eagle and its accouterments were the unofficial symbol of the state of Rhode Island. The design itself is taken from the masthead of "The Rhode Island Republican," a newspaper published in Newport, Rhode Island, by Oliver Farnsworth. This masthead was in use from February 13, 1802, until June 19, 1805.

A number of different pieces, including tea sets, jugs, punch bowls and plates are known with this design. Some of the pieces have Rhode Island histories, but others are known with New York histories, suggesting that the design motif entered the repertoire of Chinese painters looking for patriotic images.
Year Range from 1802
Year Range to 1805
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 No