Plaque painted en grisaille with a scene taken from a French engraving, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1750-70
Circular plaque, decorated 'en grisailles' with two young women holding fishing rods and a manmaking advances to one of them; a cartouche with the inscription "LEAV" is at the bottom of the scene.
During the first quarter of the eighteenth century, allegorical scenes of gallant encounters became very popular with French painters and engravers as they reflected the free spirit of the age. The scene on the plaque may have been taken from a French print engraved by Nataniel Parr after a drawing by Nicholas Lancret entitled "Water" , and published by Thomas and John Bowles in London in 1752. It was part of a series entitled "The Elements", and including "Air", "Earth", "Fire" and "Water".
Basil Ionides Bequest
Location: Ceramics Study Galleries, China, room 136, case 9, shelf 5