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Batavian cup and saucer, Portland, ca. 1760

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MMN Item 100340 Item Details
Batavian cup and saucer, Portland, ca. 1760
MMN Item 100340 Zoom


The Tates, one of the leading merchant families in Portland during the colonial era, owned a small collection of Chinese export porcelain, including this cup and saucer. It is decorated with a brown glaze known as Batavian type. Shards from tea wares with the same decoration were recovered archaeologically at Tate House in the 1950s.

George Tate (1700-1794) came to Portland with his family in about 1750 and served as the king's mast agent for the Royal Navy until the Revolutionary War.

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