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Catalog Number R1967.1.11a
Object Name Bowl, Tea
Description Tea bowl having a raised footring and decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamel colors with an underglaze blue latticework border, known as the nanking border, on the interior rim; a husk border around the exterior rim; a coat of arms with supporters and the motto " COMMERCIO LIBERALI CRESCLMUS" on one side of the cup and the floral spray on the opposite side.

These arms are thought to be those of a Canadian trading company. The arms are replete with images of Canada; the quartered shield displays a mink, salmon, beaver, and whale, which were among the main exports of Canada's lands and waters. One of the supporters is a Native American, and the other is the allegorical figure of Commerce, holding a mast. She, along with the ship atop a globe that forms the crest, represents trade.
Year Range from 1785
Year Range to 1795
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
Gallery ID Number 3106