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Catalog Number R1997.8.4a
Object Name Bowl, Tea
Description Teabowl decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, saucer with alternating en camaieu and en grisaille panels of landscape and foliage vignettes reserved on a scrollwork border, central scene of a lady seated before a table and painting a fan as another lady looks on, a child playing with a ribbon while leaning out a window, a second child standing nearby with a bird perched on his finger, a spotted dog in the foreground, all framed by shrubs, trees and a fence; teabowl decorated en suite.

While the finely painted central scene is Chinese in origin, the delicate scrollwork and intricate cameo-like landscape and foliage designs probably owe their inspiration to border patterns found on c. 1725-1730 tea and coffee services by Meissen. Interestingly, early Meissen chinoiserie decorations include scenes that are related in composition to the one shown here.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Probably Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View No