John Bartlam Factory, Cain Hoy, South Carolina, 1765 - 1770

Made in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America


Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue hand-painted (interior) and transfer-printed (exterior) decoration

1 5/8 x 3 inches (4.1 x 7.6 cm) Diameter (of foot): 1 7/16 inches (3.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 109, American Art, first floor

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Purchased with the Baugh-Barber Fund, 2012

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This teabowl is one of four known examples made between 1765 and 1770 at John Bartlam’s porcelain factory Cain Hoy, South Carolina, nine miles north of Charleston on the Wando River. Bartlam, a potter born and trained in the ceramic-producing area of Staffordshire, England, used local clays to create what is believed to be the first porcelain in North America. His ability to attract skilled workers from English potteries and successfully manufacture porcelain was a source of inspiration for Gousse Bonnin and George Anthony Morris, who were planning their Philadelphia factory.

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