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Object Name: Tea bowl and saucer
Date: ca. 1793
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Medium: Porcelain, overglaze enamels, gilding
Dimensions: Overall (a): 2 in. × 3 1/2 in. (5.1 × 8.9 cm) Overall (b): 1 1/4 in. × 5 1/2 in. (3.2 × 14 cm)
Place made: China
Description: Porcelain tea bowl and saucer; decorated with alternating bands of blue enamel and gilt star pattern and blue enamel linked diamonds and gilt circles; the bowl and saucer are decorated with two birds facing each other, each holding a flower in an oval cartouche; on the cup, opposite the birds is a gilt and blue floral spray.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Carrie E. Karstens
Object Number: 1927.18ab
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This tea bowl and saucer are part of a tea set given by Clarkson Crolius (1773-1893) to Elizabeth Meyer (d.1858) at the time of their marriage in 1793. Crolius was a New York Potter and politician.


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