A Rare Chinese Export European-Subject Dish.
The dish, of lobed oval form, is decorated in famille-rose enamels, with a scene depicting a European figure wearing a puce jacket, iron-red waistcoat and white breeches, and holding a crock in one hand. He is seated beside a recumbent elephant, the beast looking over its shoulder at the mane. The elephant's hide is in tones of sepia, with gilded tusks. There are two trees to one side and a pair of birds above flying across the blue sky, all within an iron-red circle diaper border.
Dimensions: 9 inches (22.9 cm) wide.
Condition: Typical rubbing, restoration.
See: Le Corbeiller: China Trade Porcelain, pl. 48.
Lloyd Hyde: Chinese Porcelain for the European Market, col. pl. VIII.
Circa 1765- 1770.