Earthenware dish with a scene of a cow surrounded by four figures in the center and birds and plants on the outside

Rouen, ca. 1730−40
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Diam. 13 in. (33 cm)
Cat. 41
© The Frick Collection


As elsewhere in Europe, the import of Japanese lacquers, textiles, and porcelain left an important mark on potters in Rouen. This dish is influenced by Japanese Imari porcelain, characterized by extensive floral motifs painted in radiant blue and iron-red, and gold, although the central scene likely derives from a Chinese model.

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