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Tureen part of a Chinese export Porcelain dinner service, made during the Quianlong Period

Date: c 1799
Overall: 100 x 190 mm, 0.4 kg
Medium: Enamel, gilt, porcelain
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Tureen
Object No: 00015439
Place Manufactured:Zhonghua

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    This sauce tureen is part of a Chinese export porcelain dinner service set that was manufactured in Canton, China. The neo-classical style urn is decorated with floral sprays and a medallion with stars. This dinner service set was made for the Dale Family of Philadelphia, and commissioned by Richard Dale, First Mate on the ALLIANCE.
    SignificanceRichard Dale and the crew of the ALLIANCE were the first Americans to sight Australia, having passed by on their pioneering voyage to China. The development of the China trade was integral to the development of trade between the new Australian colonies and the United States.
    HistoryThe USS ALLIANCE was a frigate which fought in the American War of Independence. It was built by the shipbuilders William and John Hackett of Massachusetts in 1777 and launched in 1778. During the War, it fought and claimed a number of British ships as prizes until 1783. It was sold and turned into a merchant ship in 1785 for sailing to the Orient. Her new Commander, Thomas Read, undertook the voyage to China by a new route through the Dutch East Indies and the Solomon Islands. It was in December 1787 that the ALLIANCE, with Richard Dale on board, is thought to have seen Australia, a few weeks before the First Fleet.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Tureen part of a Chinese export Porcelain dinner service, made during the Quianlong Period

    Assigned title: Terrine, ein Teil eines chinesischen Export Porzellan-Geschirr, während der Qianlong-Periode gemacht

    Assigned title: Terrine, deel van een Chinese export porselein servies, gemaakt tijdens de Qianlong periode

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