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Catalog Number R1998.1.1
Object Name Plate
Description Plate decorated en grisaille and in iron-red, flesh tones, and gold, with narrow bands and spearheads on the rim, single band in the well, central scene of a seated lady wearing a patterned dress and working on embroidery, and overturned basket beneath a heavily draped and open window revealing three vessels sailing close by a rocky cliff on which stand two towers.

Popularly known as the 'Seamstress' or 'Embroideress,' this scene is also found on Dutch earthenware.

An earlier and more finely painted scene of a seated woman embroidering a framed canvas is known in polychrome enamels. Two other variants are also found on export ware. One includes a second woman and a gentleman in the company of the seamstress; the other depicts a woman wearing a decollete dress and embroidering while seated alone on a knoll beneath an overhanging tree.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No