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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sansom, Franciscus (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    28109

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case WM, shelf 4, box B

This engraving by F. Sansom shows a cup belonging to Dorothea Banks, wife of the President of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks, and a noted collector of Chinese porcelain.

The fashion for Chinese ornament in European furnishing and decoration was at its height in the late 18th century. This cup shows an exchange of Chinese and European styles, with a Chinese lotus pattern deriving from the Greek palmette motif.

Physical description

Print showing a cup, with design detail and explanatory text, engraving on paper.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Sansom, Franciscus (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 31.8 cm, Width: 20.6 cm

Descriptive line

"Chinese cup in Lady Banks's collection", engraving by F. Sansom, England, ca. 1800

Labels and date

11.
PRINT: A CHINESE CUP IN LADY BANKS'S COLLECTION
English, about 1800
Engraving by F. Sansom

The trade in ornamental motifs between China and Europe was not all one way. The decoration on this cup shows how the Chinese lotus pattern derives from the Greek palmette (case 19). Dorothea Banks was the wife of the President of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) and a noted collector of Chinese porcelain in her own right.

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Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Cups

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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