One of the best versions of this pattern, this elegant Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer, made for the American Market is hand-painted with the Seal of the Arms of New York and a fine gilded central roundel with the original owners’ monogram above two American shields and surmounted by an uncaged version of an eagle, the roundel’s supporters featuring a maiden holding a staff with the Liberty cap and another in the guise of Justice with her blindfold, sword and scales, all within an overglaze blue border decorated with gilt stars and resting upon a band of very finely hatched gilded diapering.  This pattern was made in varying degrees of detail and quality and these pieces came from one of the best bespoke services we have seen in this pattern – a saucer from this service is  illustrated and discussed in Howard’s New York and the China Trade, page 91 and is dated to circa 1795.  Both pieces of shaped and molded form and in very good condition; from a superb private collection of American market wares, the collector only seeking out the best examples.