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Tucker China Collection

Identifier: TUC

Scope and Contents

The archival material in this collection was assembled and donated to the museum by Anne Tucker Earp, a descendent of William Ellis Tucker. The first series is comprised of correspondence, both original and copied. Authors and recipients vary, as do dates. Some dates are not known. Included are handwritten excerpts copied out by Anne Tucker Earp from the correspondence of Ann Tucker, William Ellis Tucker's sister. This series also contains two notes about William Ellis Tucker written for posterity. One of these was written by his niece, Mary Marriott, and the author of the other has not been identified. The second series consists of three publications that contain articles about Tucker china. In the third series are three drawings that depict Tucker china products and the factory where they were made along with a print engraved by W.E. Tucker. The fourth series contains preservation copies of clippings which Anne Tucker Earp labelled "from L.E.E.'s scrapbook" as well as two older photocopies of clippings. Most of their dates and sources are missing and some are fragmented as the originals arrived in the archives in poor condition. The fifth and final series contains the original clippings as well as two envelopes that were found among the other material but have not been identified.


  • 1831-1957

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tucker China Collection is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is made up of an assortment of material pertaining to Tucker China, a porcelain factory founded by William Ellis Tucker in Philadelphia. It became a commercial enterprise in 1825 and closed several years after Tucker's death in 1832. Others associated with the business for varying intervals were William Ellis's younger brother Thomas Tucker, Thomas Hulme and Judge Joseph Hemphill. Tucker's wares were the first porcelain products manufactured in the United States. The Philadelphia Museum of Art possesses an important collection of these works.


0.5 linear feet


This collection is made up of an assortment of material pertaining to Tucker China, a porcelain factory founded by William Ellis Tucker in Philadelphia.

Custodial History

The material that now forms the Tucker China Collection was transferred to the Archives from the American Art Department in the summer of 2012. It was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Miss Anne Tucker Earp, circa 1951.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and described by Rose Chiango in 2018.

Guide to the Tucker China Collection
Rose Chiango
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Joan Root

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States