"The Doctors" plate

Chinese for export
about 1740
Designed by Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, 1691–1759)


10 1/8 in (25.7 cm) diameter

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Porcelain with overglaze enamels

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)



Richly enamelled with a scene showing three seated and one standing man in a garden, a blue and white dish on the table before them and a peacock perched behind. The border has six reserves decorated with fish and waterbirds between them. The reserves and framed by green fishscale and set against a gilt diaper ground. The subject of the central scene is traditionally identified as “The Visit to the Emperor by his Physicians.”


Henry Moog, Jr. (dealer), Atlanta, GA. January 23-24, 2002, anonymous sale (sale 1008), Christie’s, New York, lot 71, sold to Gretchen E. Viall (d. 2016), Providence, RI; by inheritance to her son, William A. Viall III, Providence; 2016, gift of William A. Viall to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. William A. Viall III in memory of Gretchen E. Viall