A very rare example of Chinese export porcelain in the Neo-classical taste made for a prominent American family, the Chew family of Philadelphia. A tea and coffee service in this pattern was most likely ordered by Benjamin Chew, Jr., from his nephew Benjamin Chew Wilcocks in China, and is truly a one-off, ordered in the latest, most fashionable neo-classical taste. It features classical sepia figures and objects against a brilliant yellow ground with gilt highlights (yellow being a difficult color to fire). Slight re-touch to the enamels, but otherwise very good condition. Illustrated and discussed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 48.