Octagonal plate

about 1730
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Germany


Overall: 4.4 x 27.6 cm (1 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Large octagonal deep dish with flat rim. Chinoiserie figures, narrow border, with flowers and leaf chains, in orange, blue, green accented by gilding. See: 60.1529 - Chelsea.

This plate depicts an event in the childhood of an eleventh-century Chinese statesman who saved a friend who was drowning in a water jar. The design, known as Hob in the Well, appeared on late-seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century Chinese and Japanese porcelain and was copied by Meissen as well as by the Chelsea factory, in England.


crossed swords in blue enamel; engraved N= 36 over 2 (johanneum mark)


Augustus the Strong, Japanes Palace. By 1942, Howard Back, New York; September 15, 1942, sold by Howard Back to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection