Oval platter; decorated in sepia, blue, iron-red, and gold, with narrow bands and wavy lines on a patterned ground bordered by spearheads at the rim, grape and leaf vine at the well, central scene of two figures seated on a rise opposite a tree and overlooking a harbor with two small boats laying at anchor near a warehouse where laborers load merchandise, other buildings in the distant background, all within a double ring of beading and roping.
Although its source has not been documented, the central scene could be after one of several Dutch harbor and landscape views on Meissen porcelain painted c.1735-1740 by Johann Georg Heintze. The arrangement and architectural features of the buildings in particular exhibit a marked similarity to various scenes attributed to or in the manner of Heintze.
A wine cooler from the service shown here is in the Winterthur Collection.
|Year Range from||1790|
|Year Range to||1810|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, Probably Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), 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|