Chinese Export
about 1765

Object Place: East Asia, China for export


Diameter: 9 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View


Asia, Europe



Portuguese market. Saldanha service.

Painted in famillie rose enamels in the center with an animal leg against a roundel of green and yellow foliage, surrounded by fish, game, fruits and vegetables within a rococo shell border, the shaped rim with the coat-of-arms of Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque, a banner inscribed “SALDANHA,” the broken inscrition “DE AL BU QUER QUE,” and panels depicting a hunter and a fisherman, all joined by ribbon-tied floral swags.

Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque was the Rector of the University of Coimbra, Portugall Prelate of the Patriarchal Church of Lisbon; Deputy of the Board of Conscience and Orders, and President of the Tribunal. His father was Govenor and Captain-General of Rio de Janiero.


With the arms of Dom Gaspar de Saldanha


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