Thursday, November 27, 2008

115. George and Martha Washington's Chinese Porcelain Ware

Washington's Cincinnati set was plainly Chinese. The set was brought back from China by Samuel Shaw in his first trip to China, the Empress of China in 1784. It is the well-known dull white, hard paste of Canton manufacture, with a border of common-place Oriental design in deep blue under the glaze. Some of the pieces have (all, perhaps, had originally) a narrow rim of gilt on the outer edge, and a narrow line of gilt within the border. You can read more about Washington's porcelain ware through this link.

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