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The inside of the tea bowl bears a small print of a tree growing on a rock.  It is said that this is a palmetto, a type of small palm tree that is native to South Carolina.


Shape Type: Breakfast & Tea Wares

Pattern Type: Chinese, Asian and Other Exotic Themes

Date: c. 1765-1769


  • Diameter: 2.95 in (7.50 cm)

Maker: John Bartlam (Cain Hoy South Carolina)


This tea bowl is an example of the very rare group of bone ash softpaste porcelain, made by John Bartlam at Cain Hoy near Charleston between c1765-69.  This is now recognised as the first porcelain to have been produced in America.  Bartlam had left Staffordshire about 1763 to travel to Charleston with the object of setting up a pottery.  Shards of porcelain excavated at Cain...