Chinese export porcelain tea bowl, Portland, ca. 1760

Contributed by Tate House Museum


The Tates, one of Portland's leading colonial families, owned a small but treasured collection of Chinese export porcelain teawares. In 1760, at the height of George Tate's political power, his residence included his wife, Mary, and four sons, including Samuel, a mast ship captain.

This tea bowl was reconstructed from shards recovered from the Tate House ell foundation in 1951. It features a typical underglaze blue decoration of flowers and a fence. Other types of Chinese export porcelain were also recovered during the excavation.

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About This Item

  • Title: Chinese export porcelain tea bowl, Portland, ca. 1760
  • Creation Date: circa 1760
  • Subject Date: circa 1760
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Porcelain
  • Dimensions: 5.08 cm x 8.57 cm
  • Local Code: 1951.9
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6177

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