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Catalog Number R1967.1.137
Object Name Plate
Description Plate decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels with a gold scroll border at the edge of the rim; four gold floral sprays on the rim; a gold chain border at the edge of the well; and a central scene in the well of the Don Quixote with "Mimbrino's Helmet" (a barber's bowl) on his head, astride his horse Rosinante, who is led by Sancho Panza. Behind the horse is the fleeing figure of Mambrino.

The characters are from the Spanish novel "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615), Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.

This image is based on a tapestry cartoon painted for the French Gobelins tapestry workshop about 1716 by Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752). The cartoon was engraved first by Louise Surugue (1673-1762) which in turn was copied by Jacob Folkema (1692-1767) in 1741 for an illustrated edition of "Don Quixote." It was this later book illustration that served as the model for the decoration on this plate.
Year Range from 1742
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery