Probably designed more for decoration or devotion than use, the crucifixion of Christ decorates this plate.
The source of the image is a print by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken (1649-1712). First published in 1680, it was used in a range of religious books through the eighteenth century, including a portable octavo-sized bible first published in 1734 whose title page portrait of Martin Luther also appears on export porcelain, suggesting that it may have been the source. In addition to the crucifixion, the nativity, the resurrection, and the ascension, all taken from Luyken's prints, are also found on export porcelain.
The plate is decorated in what is known as "ink color" or grisaille (shades of gray), a palette developed in the 1720s. It was used on both domestic market and export porcelain, primarily to copy prints or drawings.
|Year Range from||1740|
|Year Range to||1750|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|
|On View||Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery|
|Gallery ID Number||41|