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Leaf-Shaped Dish

Painting attributed to Ignaz Preissler, Meissen Porcelain Manufactoryporcelain about 1715 - 1720; painting about 1715 - 1725

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The owner may have used this small dish to serve condiments at the dinner table or just displayed it as a decorative item. The branch-like handle and feet made from a flowering twig complement the bowl's inventive form: a cupped, heart-shaped leaf. Such naturalistic forms echo Chinese scholars' porcelain brush rests. The floral theme continues around the outside in the painted decoration as birds, spurting fountains, and winged figures intermingle with twisting leafy branches. A fanciful scene of a winged cupid holding a bulrush and seated astride a sea monster decorates the interior.

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  • Title: Leaf-Shaped Dish
  • Creator: Painting attributed to Ignaz Preissler, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory
  • Date: porcelain about 1715 - 1720; painting about 1715 - 1725
  • Location Created: Meissen, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 4 x 8.3 x 11.1 cm (1 9/16 x 3 1/4 x 4 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with painted decoration and gilding
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Dish
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.DE.541
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Decorative Arts

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