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Catalog Number R1991.15.1
Object Name Plate
Description Plate decorated en grisaille and in iron-red, flesh tones, and gold, with eagle head crest on the rim, bordered at the edge and in the well with spearheads, central scene of three figures sleeping beneath a tree while observed by a fourth leaning on a staff.

Traditionally, the scene has been identified as Christ discovering the Diciples asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane. The real subject, however, is taken from The Decameron (5:1) by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), and depicts Cimone as he first catches sight of Ephygenia and her companions. The doltish son of a nobleman, Cimone was soon transformed into a polished gallant by his love for the beautiful Ephygenia.

Although numerous seventeenth- and eighteenth- century depictions of this scene are known, an original source for the version shown here has not been found.
Year Range from 1740
Year Range to 1750
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No