A BLUE AND WHITE 'TEA PRODUCTION' PLATE
A BLUE AND WHITE 'TEA PRODUCTION' PLATE

CIRCA 1745

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A BLUE AND WHITE 'TEA PRODUCTION' PLATE
CIRCA 1745
Showing three wading Chinese workers pulling a barge laden with barrels of tea downriver, the border elaborate rococo scrollwork in inky tones of cobalt blue, on the back the number 15 in underglaze blue
9 in. (22.9 cm.) diam.

Lot Essay

From a series illustrating the production of tea and possibly the cultivation of spices, known in plates, dishes, tureens and sauceboats. One of a very small number of export porcelains with Western marks of any kind. See Howard & Ayers, op. cit., p. 215 for an example from the Mottahedeh collection.
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