c. 1750


Diameter: 36.3 cm (14 5/16 in.)

Gift of the Lucile and Robert H. Gries Charity Fund 1970.48



This plate demonstrates the commercial exchange of products—in this case prints and porcelain—between Europe and Asia in the 1700s. Here, a Chinese porcelain factory adapted a French print to decorate a dish for the European market. It depicts a fable by Jean de La Fontaine in which a barrel-maker’s wife dallies with a lover while her husband is working.

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