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Culture:Chinese
Title:teacup and saucer
Date Made:1800-1815
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: hard paste porcelain, underglaze cobalt enamel
Place Made:China
Measurements:overall: cup - 3 1/8 in.; saucer - 4 5/8 in.
Accession Number:  HD L93.01.14
Credit Line:Memorial Hall, PVMA
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Description:
Chinese export porcelain teacup and saucer decorated in blue with a feather and flowers in a vase on a table to the right, and a large floral spray scrolling to the left. This set was listed in the 1920 catalogue in the Main Hall, Case F, given by Miss Amellia Smead, Manzana, Cal.: "33. One Cup and Saucer. Canton China.". According to George Sheldon, Miss Amelia Smead (1833-?) was the daughter of Solomon and Dorinda Smead of Shelburne, who married in 1825. Amelia's grandparents were Elihu (1765-1840) and Mercy Bardwell (1769-1813) Smead; Mercy's brother, Henry Bardwell (1767-1827), had a daugher, Catherine Elizabeth Bardwell Allen. When Catherine died in 1889, she bequeathed "one cup and saucer old sett" to Amelia. [MHF 33]

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