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Catalog Number R1967.1.565
Object Name Bowl, Tea
Description Tea bowl decorated in overglaze blue enamel and gold with gold bands at the inner rim and the footring, and on one side a naked figure of fame blowing a trumpet holding an eagle with a shield on its breast containing the initial "W."

Though similar in some respects to Chinese export porcelain decorated with the insignia of the Society of the Cincinnati commissioned in the period 1785 to 1795, this piece is a actually a late-19th or early-20th century fake. The porcelain bowl dates to the turn of the nineteenth century, but close examination reveals an erased circular medallion beneath the eagle and fame. This medallion, which most likely contained initials, was removed either through physical abrasion or an acid bath, and the new pseudo-Cincinnati decoration was added.

This probably occurred in the 1920s, when there was a large demand for porcelain decorated with American symbols among antiques collectors looking for pieces that would reflect their patriotic sentiments.
Year Range from 1795
Year Range to 1930
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China, Decorated in the United States
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