about 1740
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


Overall: 3.5 x 23.7 cm (1 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamels and gilded decoration

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The round plate has a twelve-lobed, petal-shaped rim edged in brown enamel. In the center, on the white ground, is a scene depicting a Japanese man, dressed in a green robe with black and puce details and an iron-red skirt, holding a young child, also wearing an iron-red robe. The child leans forward, reaching with his left arm toward a second child standing on the right, who wears a puce jacket and yellow trousers. They are shown in a landscape composed of exotic flowers painted in the Kakiemon style in iron-red, puce, green, turquoise, blue, and yellow. The ground and rocks are painted in yellow with brown and black enamel, highlighted with red dots. A stylized tree with green and turquoise leaves and a trunk incorporating puce dots grows from the rock formation. Scattered on the white ground of the plate are various flowers and insects, some with gilt highlights.


(1) on base, in underglaze blue: crossed swords
(2) on base, impressed: 16


By 1960, Antique Porcelain Company, New York; October 1960, sold by the Antique Porcelain Company to Rita and Frits Markus, Chatham, MA and New York; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1984)

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus