Teapot and cover
Overall: 7 x 9 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 23.5 cm )
signed: on the bottom of the teapot in gold: "Rihouet / a Paris"
Teapot of inverted pear shape with s-curved spout and double entwined strap handle terminating in suggested leafy forms; the cover is flat at the rim rising slightly in the center with an apple and leaf-shaped finial; a small wreath in raised gold paste surrounds the dome; the body of the teapot is blue, but hte handle and spout are white with gold embellishment; two large oval reserves on the sides contain paintings of colorful exotic birds framed with elaborate raised-paste gold floral wreaths.
Samuel Ward, a native of Rhode Island, fought in the Revolution as Captain of the Rhode Island Army of Observation. He retired from the Army as a Colonel. After the war, he became a merchant and lived in New York City and Jamaica, Long Island. He traveled to Canton, China and was in Paris at the time of the French Revolution and is said to have brought the china to America on his return. He retired from business in 1816 and lived thereafter at his farm in Jamaica until his death in 1832.
Gift of Margaret Hall McRory, Maud Hall Fluchere and Grisella Hall Kerr
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