DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828)
Chinese Export Platter
A fine example of one of the more lavishly decorated services for the American Market, this elegant Chinese export porcelain oval platter bears the gilded monogram of DeWitt and Maria Franklin Clinton on the rim above a wonderfully painted Chinese riverscape, the border animated with images of the Eight Immortals and their attributes. DeWitt Clinton was New York City mayor before going on to the Governor's office, where he was instrumental in promoting the Erie Canal, which led to New York becoming a world center for trade and finance. He also was the Federalist Party's nominee for President of United States in 1812 but was soundly defeated by James Madison.
Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer's China for America, page 94.