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Object Name: Chestnut bowl and cover
Date: ca. 1790
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Medium: Porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/4 × 9 1/2 × 7 in. (15.9 × 24.1 × 17.8 cm)
Place made: China
Description: Reticulated chestnut bowl with lid with open flower finial surrounded by molded petals covered in blue enamel and gilding; border decoration on both lid and body consists of a wide band of blue enamel covered with gold stars; interior decorated with blue enamel gilded floral swags and a shield with a border of blue enamel and gold stars, with ribbons and a leafy swag; initials inscribed on shield; interlaced strap handles.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Kenneth McNeil
Object Number: 1984.38ab
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Marks: painted: in shield: "J M W"

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This dish, part of a fifty-four-piece dinner service, was owned by New York statesman and merchant James Watson Jr. (1750-1806) and his wife Mary Talcott (1752-1806).