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Catalog Number R1967.1.261
Object Name Vase
Description Vase having a molded, baluster-shaped body with a straight, cylindrical neck. The body is molded with an overall basketweave pattern with six reserve panels; a long vertical panel on the front and back and two smaller panels on either side.

This vase originally had a domed cover, and was probably part of a garniture set consisting of three covered jars and two beaker vases.

The vase is painted in overglaze sepia enamels and gold with a star border at the neck; floral sprays in four panels on the side; and oval medallions containing a view of a country house with a colonnade and cupola set on a high bluff in the long panels on the front and back. The long panels are also framed in a leaf and vine border.

The landscape view is of Mount Vernon, George Washington's country estate on the Potomac River in Virginia.

The same view also appears on needlework pictures designed by Samuel Folwell, a Philadelphia painter, engraver, hair worker and drawing master, that were executed between 1800 and 1810. It is possible that the decoration on the porcelain was designed by Folwell himself, or that a merchant used a pre-existing Folwell image, or that Folwell and the now-unknown person who commissioned the porcelain both were inspired by a common design source that had been done by someone else.
Year Range from 1800
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