Tea and coffee service

Object Number: 
2000.17a-j.1-2
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Porcelain
Marks: 
stamped: on the bottom of the teapot: "Rihouet / a Paris" hand-molded: on the bottom of the sugar dish and stand in paste: "V" signed: on the bottom of the cake plate: "Rihouet a Paris" signed: on the bottoms of four cups: "Rihouet" stamped: on the bo
Description: 
Porcelain tea and coffee service with a medium-blue ground with reserves having small paintings of colorful exotic birds, each different; on most pieces (sugar dish and stand excluded) the reserves are surrounded with floral wreaths of raised gold paste; the service includes a teapot, coffee pot, sugar dish with cover and stand, a cake plate and six cups and saucers.
Gallery Label: 
Samuel Ward, a native of Rhode Island, fought in the Revolution as Captain of the Rhode Island Army of Observation. He retired from the Army as a Colonel. After the war, he became a merchant and lived in New York City and Jamaica, Long Island. He traveled to Canton, China and was in Paris at the time of the French Revolution and is said to have brought the china to America on his return. He retired from business in 1816 and lived thereafter at his farm in Jamaica until his death in 1832.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Margaret Hall McRory, Maud Hall Fluchere and Grisella Hall Kerr
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group