In the 18th century, Denmark traded extensively with Asia, importing numerous porcelain dinner services. Significantly, this design includes a ship at bottom center, as well as a portrait and cipher of Queen Juliana Marie, who married King Frederick V of Denmark in 1752. The central reserves are supported by the sea god Neptune and Aphrodite, who was born on the sea. These divinities, in conjunction with the ship on the lower rim and the peacock at the top, symbolize both the prowess of Denmark on the high seas and the beauty of her queen.

Although many examples from this service survive, the Reves piece is rare because of its form. Tazzas (footed dishes with upturned rims) were used on European dining tables to hold a variety of foods. This example is supported on three paw-footed legs on the knees of which are lion masks.

"Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection," page 108

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  • Title: Tazza
  • Date Created: c. 1752–1760
  • Physical Dimensions: 3 1/4 × 11 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (8.26 × 28.58 × 28.58 cm)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5038629/
  • Medium: Porcelain, enameled
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection