Chestnut bowl with lid

Chinese export
about 1785

Object Place: East Asia, China for export

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View


Asia, Europe



Elliptical with bulbous sides, raised & gilded rays on body above high molded foot. Gilded shell handles at ends. Openwork cover in radiating pattern with woven work midway; double bulb finial. In black: garlands & flowers on rim & foot; acanthus design band on rims of foot & cover; elliptical medallions on sides & crest of dog above. The central medallion painted in brown with putti among baskets of fruit and flowers, an allegory of Autumn, after an engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1785) after a drawing by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), from a series published by Pergolesi in 1782. Set with 57.777-781


Helena Woolworth McCann (b. 1878 - d. 1938), Syosset, NY; by descent to her children, Constance (Mrs. Joseph V.) McMullan, Helena (Mrs. Winston F. C.) Guest, and Frasier McCann; 1941, lent to the MFA by the children of Mrs. McCann, through the Winfield Foundation, New York; 1951, gift of the Winfield Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 10, 1951)

Credit Line

The Helena Woolworth McCann Collection—Gift of the Winfield Foundation