CHINA, USEFUL AND ORNAMENTAL
OCCASIONALLY, one hears it said that there was little or no china in New York before the Revolution; but whoever will pause to think for a moment will know that this could not be true. The Dutch, as is well known, were among the very first collectors of china in Europe. It is not likely that the Dutch ships constantly arriving in New Amsterdam should fail to import wares of this nature. Indeed, china and porcelain were to be found in Dutch homes on this side of the Atlantic, in great quantity, before the English satirists attacked the china-mania.
The home of Cornelis Steenwyck, who died in 1686, was profusely decorated with china. In one room alone--the Great Chamber--there were no less than "nineteen porcelain dishes," besides two flowered earthen pots. Margarita Van Varick was another person who possessed a vast amount of china. She had three East India cups and three East India dishes, three "cheenie pots," "one cheenie cup bound with silver," "two glassen cases with thirty-nine pieces of small chinaware," and eleven "Indian babyes."