China. Six plates depicting the Departure for Cythera

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Series of six porcelain plates, with grisaille decoration depicting the « Départ des pélerins pour Cythère » ( The Pilgrims Departure for Cythera).

After an engraving of 1708 by Bernard PICART, under which we can read the following verses : « Que ces pélerins sont heureux, qu’ils font un voyage agréable. Amour conduit leurs pas, Bacchus marche avec eux, Qu’à Cithère ils auront bon lit et bonne table » (Let the pilgrims be happy, let them have a pleasant voyage. Let Love guide their steps, let Bacchus be with them, As in Cythera they will have a good bed and good table"

China, Qian-Long Period, circa 1750

Diameter : 23 cm (9 in.)

Bibliography : « La porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à décor occidental », Flammarion editions, 1986 - page 160.

Condition report : One crack, slight chipping

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  • Items quantity:  6
  • Height in cm : 23 cm
  • Width in cm : 23 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2015101471