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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1783-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Basil Ionides Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The scene in the central medallion, with five putti playing with baskets of grapes, was copied from a print made by the engraver Francesco Bartolozzi (1728-1815) after a design by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-85). It was part of a set of allegorical depictions of the four seasons, including this scene representing autumn, published in London in 1782.

The same scene was also used to decorate Wedgwood pearlware, and probably copied in China afterwards. The border decoration, with floral garlands and festoons of leaves, reflects the more formalised taste of the period, while the small crest with a "marten" may refer to the Martins, an English merchant banking family.

Physical description

Plate of porcelain, painted in black and sepia enamels. In the centre, sepia painting after a European engraving, with cupids sporting with floral garlands, with a narrow border of flowers and leaves round the rim, floral swags, and the emblem of a dog on a striped bar.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1783-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels


Diameter: 23.4 cm

Descriptive line

Plate, porcelain painted in black and sepia enamels, sepia painting after a European engraving, China, Qing dynasty, ca.1783-1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.71-72, pl.94

Production Note





Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Cupids; Flowers; Leaves


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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