Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tureen with cover (part of a service)

early 19th century
Chinese, for American market
Hard-paste porcelain
Overall (with cover): 10 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 14 in. (27.3 × 24.8 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Gift of Winfield Foundation, 1951
Accession Number:
51.86.334a, b
Not on view
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.
Inscription: M (within shield); E PLURIBUS (on riband)
Helena Woolworth McCann (until d. 1938) ; Winfield Foundation (after 1938–1951; to MMA)
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