Tea bowl and saucer

Object Number: 
ca. 1780-1820
Part (saucer): 1 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (3.2 x 14.6 cm) Part (tea bowl): 2 x 3 5/8 in. (5.1 x 9.2 cm)
Porcelain tea bowl and saucer, Nanking pattern with hand-painted blue underglaze decoration; spear and post border with gilding inside rims and gilding on rim edges; island motif (willow design) on exterior of cup at center of saucer.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this tea bowl and saucer were used by John André, British officer convicted as a spy and executed September 30, 1780; however, the style and the quality of the porcelain suggest a later date.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles A. Kip
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group