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Partial Dinner Service

Place Made:
Jingdezhen and Guangzhou China
Date Made:
1817-1821
Medium:
porcelain
Accession Number:
977
Description:
This partial dinner service is decorated in reddish brown with a border of an outer rim of diaper designs enclosing four butterflies and flowers between an inner rim of small conventional designs. The cavetto of each piece is decorated with four clusters of flowers and symbols with a crest at the center. The crest is composed of a shield with three hawks and a moon, over which stands an Indian bust with bow and arrows on shoulder and feathers in hair. The bottom of the crest includes a motto on a scrolled ribbon.

These pieces were made to order for the Manigault family and shipped directly to America from China. They are part of a set of nearly 300 pieces. Correspondence with descendants of the Manigault family, who still own parts of the original set with the shield crest, reveal that Charles Izard Manigault (1795-1874) of Charleston was in China from December 15, 1817 to December 19, 1821, and he may have ordered the china at that time. A second set (MESDA Acc. No. 2294.1-3) was ordered later for Gabriel Henry Manigault (1788-1834), the brother of Charles.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund