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Catalog Number R1989.2.34.1
Object Name Bowl, Tea
Description Tea bowl decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, with husk chain at the rim, central shield on opposite sides bearing the cipher SB and flanked by floral festoons, all suspended by a ribbon from a double swag held by three medallions, narrow band on the interior rim.

The teabowl is probably from a service made for Sarah Austin, the second wife of Captain John Barry (1745-1803). As the captain of the Asia, which carried consignments of porcelain from Canton (Guangzhou) to Philadelphia, Barry could have placed and order for this service on one of his voyages.

There are two versions of the border design for this service, with most pieces exhibiting an elaborate floral garland on the interior rim.
Year Range from 1790
Year Range to 1800
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of Elaine Madlener
On View No