Porcelain with blue underglaze
Overall: 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. ( 3.2 x 8.9 x 6.7 cm )
Chinese export porcelain salt trencher in elongated octagonal shape with blue "Canton" design. Top decorated with landscape scene including water, pagodas and bridge surrounded by diaper-pattern border; base decorated with continuous diaper-pattern border over white ground.
Gift of Barbara Parker Chasis, Descendant of Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835)
This trencher is part of a 107 piece service of Chinese export porcelain purchased by the donor's great-great grandfather, Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835), a hardware merchant at Beekman Slip in New York City. Gerrit purchased the service in 1816 for a dinner held for "all the Episcopal clergymen of New York except one." The N-YHS collection includes eight pieces of this service.
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