Overall: 1 x 10 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 25.7 x 23.2 cm )
signed: on the bottom of the cake plate: "Rihouet a Paris"
Cake plate, square overall with scrolled rim and handles; the center painted with two birds on a branching bush and the wide blue ground border holds two reserves painted with exotic birds and framed with raised-paste gold wreaths of flowers and leaves.
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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