Cup and saucer

Object Number: 
1953.143ab
Date: 
ca. 1853
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
cup: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. ( 7 x 7.3 cm ) saucer: 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. ( 2.2 x 13 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on bottom in blue: Japanese characters
Description: 
Porcelain blue transfer-printed handleless tea bowl and saucer decorated with a repeating pattern of stylized plants; at the center of the saucer and at the inside bottom of the cup are identical rondels with flowers and grass.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this cup and saucer were part of a service given by the government of Japan to Commander Oliver S. Glisson (1809-1890), who commanded the USS Powhattan under Admiral M.C. Perry in July 1853.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Montifore G. Kahn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group