Table Service

Date: 1785–90

Geography: Made in China

Culture: Chinese, for American market

Medium: Porcelain

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Bequest of James T. Woodward, 1910

Accession Number: 10.149.1–.248


This may be one of the largest sets of Chinese export porcelain surviving in such a great quantity of pieces. There were at least 250, and the service comprised dozens of plates and soup plates, teacups, and coffee cups, plus a wide variety of platters, bowls, covered dishes, and other serving pieces. Among the more unusual individual forms is that of the small pudding dishes. Samuel Chase may have commissioned the special-order service on the occasion of his marriage to Hannah Kilty Giles in 1784. The inventory recorded after Chase's death listed a "dinner service of china, white and gold with a coat of arms."