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Catalog Number 2016.2.1ab
Object Name Tureen
Description A rectangular tureen with chamfered corners, sloping sides, molded rim, and boar's head handles, with a low, domed cover with a molded, fruit-shaped knop. The tureen is decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels with a chain border at the edge of the cover and the rim of the tureen; floral sprays on the body and cover; and an impaled coat of arms on the sides of the tureen and the sides of the cover.

This tureen is from one of three armorial services made for Samuel and Sarah Hallowell Vaughan. Vaughan was an English merchant who owned estates in England, North America, and Jamaica. In 1747 he married Sarah Hallowell of Boston.

The Vaughans were supporters of American Independence, and in 1783 they moved Philadelphia, the nation's new capital. They quickly became important members of Philadelphia society; they were friends with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Samuel was a member of the American Philosophical Society, and as an amateur gardener he designed the public gardens behind the Philadelphia State House (Independence Hall). The Vaughans were also patrons of the arts, commissioning a portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart (the so-called "Vaughan Portrait").
Year Range from 1770
Year Range to 1775
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Goangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center