A charming and great example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this fine drum teapot and tea bowl and saucer are each centered with a fine rendering of Hope leaning upon her anchor. Almost certainly made for the American/Rhode Island market where so much of the success of the new state’s economy depended upon shipping and where the emblem of an anchor – a symbol of Hope – still is born upon the state’s seal. This symbol of Hope as a beautiful maiden resting upon an anchor appears regularly through the Federal period in imagery such as needlework. In very good condition. Circa 1795.