A fine Chinese export porcelain drum-shaped teapot with strap handles centered with a rare double heart motif and the gilded initials MA. From a service made for Mehitabel Adams (1760-1824), a member of the distinguished Adams family of Braintree, Massachusetts that provided our nation with some of its early patriots and presidents. To our knowledge, this charming double-heart motif is unique to this service of American market export. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall x 8″ wide. Illustrated and discussed in Elinor Gordon’s Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain, page 143. Circa 1800.