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1927.2203AB (RS32561)

Description

Soup tureen [a] with cover [b]. Ribbed body with painted floral decoration.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This tureen, as stylish as any ceramic produced in China for the western market, belonged to Samuel Allyne Otis (1740-1814), and his wife Elizabeth Gray (1746-1779). While Otis's family were outspoken patriots, his wife's were staunch loyalists. When Otis evacuated his wife and children from British-controlled Boston, Massachusetts, her father and brothers remained behind. Elizabeth's letters are powerful reminders of how the Revolution tore families apart. "It's not in the power of words to express how much I have suffered for you...Hard is my fate to be thus separated from the tenderest, the best of Parents." She was never reunited with her family, dying in 1779 soon after the birth of a child.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca.1770
Location of origin
China
Material
porcelain
Object type
Food Service T&E
Descriptive terms
porcelain
Porcelain
Tureen
tureens
Accession Number
1927.2203AB
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Howard Van Sinderen
GUSN
31726
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