Dish of octagonal form; decorated en grisaille and in sepia, with flora festoons, garlands, and a marten crest on the rim, leaf band at the well, central scene of five putti frolicking amongst baskets for grapes.
This finely painted allegory of 'Autumn' closely copies an engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) after a drawing by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785). The Bartolozzi engraving, one of a series, was published with ornamental additions by Pergolesi in 1782. A companion scene of 'Summer,' also copying Bartolozzi, is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, who suggest that both scenes are from a service on which all four seasons were represented. the crest could belong to an English merchant banking family by the name of Martin.
Representations of the seasons and elements adorned with putti were popular in the eighteenth century. Francois Boucher (1703-1770) did a similar series which was engraved by Claude-Augustin Duflos (1700-1786). Cipriani, who settled in England in 1755, may have taken his inspiration from Boucher.
|Year Range from||1780|
|Year Range to||1790|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|