Description & Technical information

English or French Market
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm

A rare dinner plate with a European subject scene of harvest, the border with a gilt rococo shell and scroll.

This is one of the rarest of such European scenes and is taken from an unidentifed European print of the type produced by Nicholas Larmessin and others - probably from a series of the seasons. Another of An Allegory of Summer, after a print by Larmessin after Lancret is also known on Chinese export porcelain (see Cohen & Cohen 2005, p47, No 22) but this scene, possibly representing Autumn, is not from that series.
A dinner plate from the Hodroff collection is illustrated in Howard 1994, where he notes its rarity and that it might be a biblical scene. The design is also found on a later service from about 1800.

Date:  1750
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century, Qianlong period
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 23 cm (9 inches)
Provenance: References: Howard 1994, p93, No 83; Hervouët & Bruneau 1986, p87, No 4.18 a meat dish from the later service.

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art