Worcester Porcelain Factory
born established 1751
Northern Europe, English, Worcestershire
1 in. x Diam: 8 7/8 in. (2.54 cm x 22.54 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb
Currently On View
The plate is decorated in "famille verte" with a pattern called "Bishop Sumner," after a bishop who once owned a service with this pattern of decoration. "Famille verte" designs are painted in a palette of iron-red, yellow, purple and blue-violet colors. The design of the "Bishop Sumner" pattern directly copies a Chinese original from the Kangxi period and depicts a fight between a flying phoenix and a kylin. The border has six panels of designs, featuring oriental-style foliage and flowers, as well as fanciful beasts. This pattern reflects Worcester's interest in Asian subject matter, filtered through its use on the Continent of Europe (sometimes referred to as "Chinoiserie".