Partial dinner service
Jingdezhen and Guangzhou China
HOA: 11; WOA: 14; DOA: 9
Part of a set of Chinese Export Porcelain, blue scalloped border with red line, with gilt decorations and at center an oval with cross-feathers below, this containing the initials variously M or TMR or the two together. A scroll below has traces of WHITEMARSH, which was originally gilded.
This set is from White Marsh Plantation, Gloucester County, Virginia. White Marsh was owned by Thomas Reade Rootes (1765-1824) who married (1) Sarah Ryng Battaile (1765-1811) and (2) Mary Minor Cardwell, the widow of John Prosser. The initials TMR probably stand for Thomas and Mary Rootes, thus dating the set between 1811 and 1824.
DESIGN: The psuedo-armorial mantling is typical of the period 1785-1795, but continued in use after 1800.
MESDA Purchase Fund