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Mug

Mug
Mug
Mug
Mug
Title
Mug
Date 
1805-1815
Medium 
Porcelain
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. ( 15.2 x 16.5 x 11.4 cm )
Description 
Cylindrical porcelain mug with reeded entwined handle with floral teminals; gilt and enamelled grape vine border around lip and red husk border of base; brown eagle with enamelled bariner and shield perched upon military symbols and U.S. flags.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1952.124
Gallery Label 
This mug was made in China for the American market, probably around the time of the War of 1812. Its border pattern shows the lasting influence of English creamware design. The mug's painted decoration, featuring a triumphant eagle borrowed from the Great Seal, also adorns a set of plates owned by Sylvanus Thayer (1785-1872), superintendant of the United States Military Academy at West Point (U.S. Department of State, 1968.0011.042). Other related pieces are at Winterthur, the Reeves Collection, the Dietrich American Foundation, and Colonial Williamsburg.
Bibliography 
David S. Howard, "New York and the China Trade," (1984), p. 115-16.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group