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Catalog Number R1995.3.4
Object Name Bowl, Salad
Description Salad bowl having a square body with notched corners on a raised, circular footring; decorated with an elaborate border consisting diaperwork, flowers, and butterflies (known as a Fitzhugh-style border) painted in underglaze blue on the interior rim; a cell border on the exterior rim; a floral spray in the interior well; and on two sides a winged female personification of Fame blowing a trumpet and holding the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati by a ribbon painted in overglaze enamel colors.

This bowl is from the most significant service of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market. Commissioned by Samuel Shaw, the first American merchant to go to China, it was owned first by George Washington, and later by Mary Anna Randolph Custis (Washington's step-great-granddaughter) and her husband, Robert E. Lee.

Each piece is decorated with a figure of Fame holding the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers and their descendants. George Washington was the first president of the society.

Date 1784
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of Edward Thompson
On View Reeves Center, Atrium