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Catalog Number R1967.1.18.2b
Object Name Saucer
Description Saucer decorated in famille rose enamels and gold, with cell-diaper pattern and foral sprays on the rim, and a central scene of a harbor with mountains in the distance.

The scene depicts the port of Cape Town harbor with five Dutch ships at anchor in Table Bay, a longboat close to shore, a garrison at the foot of Devil's Peak to the left, other buildings clustered along the shoreline, Table Mountain beyond, and the peaks of Lion's Head and Signal Hill to the right.

Established in 1652 by the Dutch, Cape Town was regularly used by the China traders as a port of call. Interestingly, the only view on export wars of ships anchored at Cape Town is with Dutch flags. Howard, however illustrates a c. 1800 Chinese oil painting, probably after a Western engraving, in which trading ships from Holland, Britain, France, Denmark, and the United States are shown in Table Bay.
Date c.1750
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Probably Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No