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Catalog Number 2016.26.1
Object Name Saucer
Description Circular saucer with straight, slanted sides and an inset footring, painted in overglaze orange, black and gold with a gold filligree band at the inner rim; classical ornaments including vases, triposa, and an altar in black on an orange ground on the sides of the well; and a gold floral rosette in the center of the well.

This saucer comes from a tea and coffee service that was almost certianly commissioned by the Philadelphia China Trade merchant, who commissioned a nearly identical service in 1811 for his aunt, Harriet Chew. The only difference is that Chew's service has a yellow ground, while this has an orange ground. The inspiration for the design probably came from French porcelain with classical ornaments on a colored ground, which was popular in the first decades of the nineteenth century.
Year Range from 1810
Year Range to 1815
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No