From a service for Ulysses S. Grant (President 1869-1877)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese, for export to the American market. Retailed by Olyphant and Company, Hong Kong, 1827 - 1878.

Made in Canton (Guangzhou), Guangdong Province, China, Asia


Hard-paste porcelain, lead glaze, enamel and gilded decoration

2 7/16 x 3 9/16 x 2 3/4 inches (6.2 x 9 x 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 106, American Art, first floor (McNeil Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2006

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  • PublicationAmerican Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885)
    President, 1869–77

    Julia Dent Grant (1826–1902) ordered the service with a “USG” cypher and the popular “Rose Medallion” decoration in 1868 through Captain Daniel Ammen and Olyphant and Company in Hong Kong. Examples are preserved in at least five public collections. Susan Gray Detweiler, from American Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), p. 59.

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