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Tea bowl

Object Number: 
ca. 1780-1820
Overall: 2 in. × 3 5/8 in. (5.1 × 9.2 cm)
Porcelain tea bowl, Nanking pattern with hand-painted blue underglaze decoration; spear and post border with gilding inside rims and gilding on rim edges; island motif (willow design) on exterior of cup at center of saucer.
Gallery Label: 

According to the donor, this tea bowl and saucer were used by John André, British officer convicted as a spy and executed September 30, 1780; however, the style and the quality of the porcelain suggest a later date.

Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles A. Kip
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group