Tureen with cover (part of a service)

Date: early 19th century

Culture: Chinese, for American market

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: Overall (with cover): 10 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 14 in. (27.3 × 24.8 × 35.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain-Export

Credit Line: Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Gift of Winfield Foundation, 1951

Accession Number: 51.86.334a, b


This is one of the more striking porcelains to emerge from the American trade with China. The four quadrants of the so-called Fitzhugh pattern of leaves and flowers, rendered in brilliant green enamels, serve to contrast with and accentuate the large spread eagle clutching an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its talons. Such porcelains often feature the shield of the United States in the center of the eagle's body, yet here the shield encloses a monogram or initials—in this case an M—that would have been painted on site in Canton per instructions given by the purchaser.