China   Circa 1800

Diameter: 7 1/2 inches

Reference: Please see David Howard, New York and the China Trade, pages 104 and 113, no. C66, Jean McClure Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain in North America, page 163, plate 257, and Thomas V. Litzenburg, Jr., Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Center Collection at Washington & Lee University, pages 146-47, cat. no. 138.

Provenance: This plate is from a dinner service made for DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) and his wife Maria (Franklin) Clinton, possibly on the occasion of their marriage in 1796. DeWitt Clinton is known for a long and distinguished political career, notably as a brigadier-general in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, as a New York State Senator (1798-1802), as a United States Senator (1802-03), mayor of New York City (1803-15), candidate for President of the United States, running unsuccessfully against James Madison in 1808, and his three terms as Governor of New York from 1817 to 1823, and then again from 1825 until his death. He was instrumental in effecting the completion and opening of the Erie Canal during his final term as Governor in 1825.

Item Number: 7207