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.
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, Probably Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|