17 June 2003
AN UNUSUAL LARGE GRISAILLE, GILT AND ENAMELLED MEISSEN-STYLE BASIN
Decorated at the centre primarily en grisaille and gilt, with touches of iron-red, sepia and green enamel, with a rural scene, a horse and cart waiting at one side, a mounted figure proceeding along a path beside other figures on foot, another, dismounted crouching beside his horse, and smaller figures in the distance, all within a gilt scrolling acanthus leaf surround, the steep sides rising to an elaborate border with sheaves of wheat, musical instruments and flowers and foliage cascading from gilt scrolls into the interior
14 1/8 in. (36 cm.) diam.
Purchased from The Chinese Porcleain Company.
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A Meissen-style plate with very similar design is in the Helena Woolworth McCann collection, illustrated by J. G. Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1956, p. 149, pl. 65.
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