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Mug

Object Number: 
1952.124
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group