Soup tureen and cover having a bulbous, oval body, oval pedestal foot, intertwined strap handles on either end, and a double-domed cover with a fruit-shaped knop; painted in overglaze famille rose enamels in a blue and gold palette with highlights on the finial and molded leaves on the cover; a wide blue and gold band at the edge of the cover and rim of the tureen; a narrow border at the foot; and a shield containing the initial "L" and draped in mantling on the front and back.
The tureen has a history of having belonged to Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The tureen descended in the family.
|Year Range from||1790|
|Year Range to||1800|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Gift of John Bouvier Johnson|