Casey Farm

Chinese Import Porcelain

This pattern called Famille Rose was popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with large quantities exported from Canton, China. The Casey family owned ships in this time period like many Rhode Islanders, but unlike their neighbors, they traded with Europe and could more easily acquire global goods. This vegetable dish decorated in enamel overglaze with Mandarin court scenes, butterflies, birds, and roses is just one piece of several that must have looked spectacular in the cabinets and in the table settings for the many meals eaten in this room.

Vegetable dish
1973.11, Museum purchase