Custard cup and cover
cup: 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 x 8.9 x 5.7 cm ) Part (cover): 2 3/4 x 1 in. (7 x 2.5 cm)
Chinese export porcelain custard cup decorated with blue "Canton" design over white ground. Exterior of cup has landscape image including water, pagodas and bridge; interior is white; handle decorated with naturalistic spray of foliage. Cover decorated with similar landscape scene surrounded by decorative borders; glazed knop finial top.
This custard cup and cover are part of a 107 piece service of Chinese export porcelain purchased by the donor's great-great grandfather, Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835), a hardware merchant at Beekman Slip in New York City. Gerrit purchased the service in 1816 for a dinner held for "all the Episcopal clergymen of New York except one." The N-YHS collection includes eight pieces of this service.
Gift of Barbara Parker Chasis, Descendant of Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835)
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