Chinese Couple in an Arbor

about 1755–60
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Overall: 18.2 x 12 x 10.9 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain, colored enamels, gilding

Not On View





Group of two seated figures in Chinese costume under a trellised arbor entwined with flowers. Woman in green coat, orange skirt over long blue dress. Male with yellow hat, white flowered long coat over yellow pants seated on chair and stool. Flat base with flowers in relief.


Crossed swords with two hilts on proper left sword in underglaze blue.


Alexandre Popoff et Cie., Paris; probably sold by Popoff to Mrs. William Platt [see note 1]; February 18-19, 1938, Platt and others sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 218, 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)

[1] In the catalogue of the 1938 Platt auction ("English and American Furniture," Parke-Bernet, New York, February 18-19, 1938, p. 44), this object, along with several other pieces of porcelain from the collection of Mrs. Platt, are said to have come from Popoff et Cie.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection