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Quatrefoil Tea bowl and saucer

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Both the Tea bowl (cup) and the saucer are molded in a four-lobed oval form with circular foot rings (see no. 58). The cup has four quadrilobed panels reserved on a bright turquoise enamel ground. Each panel is painted with one or two oriental figures in polychrome enamels and gold, imitating...

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(1) on base of teabowl, in pale blue enamel: crossed swords intersected by a V (2) on base of saucer, in pale blue enamel: crossed swords


By 1956, Rita and Frits Markus; 1982, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

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Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

English, about 1780

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4.6 x 7.5 cm (1 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Soft-paste porcelain with a turquoise ground, decorated in polychrome enamels and gold




Ceramics, Porcelain