Plate decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, with shell-and-scroll border, central scene of four women standing by a well, another departing, and a sixth woman seated near a rock, as a bearded man approaches.
Based on the account in Genesis 24, the woman filling the ewer at the well is Rebekah, a virgin "very fair to look upon." The man approaching her for a drink is Eliezer, the faithful servant of Abraham, who seeks a sign that the lovely maiden is the one whom God has chosen to be the wife of his master's son ("Let the maiden to whom I say 'Pray let down your jar that I may drink'...be the one whom thou has appointed for thy servant Isaac.")
One of the most popular religious subjects known on export ware, the scene is after a European engraving that probably was published in an illustrated Bible.
|Year Range from||1745|
|Year Range to||1755|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|