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Catalog Number R1967.1.219.31
Object Name Plate, Hot Water
Description Hot water plate having a circular, hollow body with two lug handles, one of which is a spout for filling and emptying the reservoir with hot water. The plate is decorated in overglaze green and purple enamels and gold with a gold band at the rim and on the handles; a grape vine border on the brim; a husk border at the edge of the well; and an oval medallion in the center of the well containing the initials "PR".

The initials on this plate are thought to be those of the Boston patriot Paul Revere (1735-1818). Revere is known to have owned "1 imported Table Sett China"and "1 Breakfast Sett China" which were recorded in his household inventory, which was dated June 18, 1818.

Louise Herreshoff Reeves acquired the service from a relative who had supposedly acquired it from Harriet Revere (1783-1860), Paul Revere's daughter, who inherited his "household furnishings."
Year Range from 1795
Year Range to 1805
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery