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Catalog Number R1988.1.1
Object Name Saucer
Description Saucer decorated in grisaille (gray ) enamels and gold with a gold scroll border at the inner rim and a landscape scene of a building with large open wings in the center of the well.

The building depicted is the front elevation of the Corn Exchange in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This was a building where farmers and merchants traded grain. The Exchange functioned like a stock market, and was a meeting place where farmers, merchants and investors met to conduct business, not a place where actual grain was stored.

The scene is copied from a print by Bernardus Maurik that shows the front and rear elevations of the Corn Exchange which was published in the July-September,1768, issue of the Amsterdam periodical "De Maandelijkse Nederlandsche Mercurius."

There are at least two tea sets known to have been made with this decoration. The set from which this saucer comes has a scroll border, and the other has a spearhead border.
Year Range from 1965
Year Range to 1775
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Artist Bernardus Maurik
Collection The Reeves Center
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Export Porcelain Gallery