Porcelain; Tea bowl: H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm), Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6.0 cm); saucer: H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm), Diam. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
John Bartram Association Collection, Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, Pa.), 82.15, 82.16
The family of the Pennsylvania botanist John Bartram has passed down the generations an oriental export tea bowl and saucer, with the history of their having been gifts from Franklin to Bartram's wife. No documentation has been found, but the frequency of his cordial correspondence with Bartram lends credence to the history.