This leaf-shaped dish, used to serve pickles or condiments or as a stand for a sauceboat, may have been part of a set owned by George Washington. A series of delicately painted borders encircles the central design with two figures before a fenced pavilion complex and two figures with a fishnet on a rock at left. This scene was one of the wide variety of landscape patterns produced by Chinese artisans for Western consumers at the end of the eighteenth century.


Triangular or leaf-shaped dish with a plain rim on a flat, unglazed foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Centered in the well is a right-anchored landscape with a walled, two-story pavilion flanked by two pines and two figures within the lattice-fenced forecourt. In the left middle-ground, two figures on a rock hold a fishing net and there is a flat-top bridge in the left foreground. A coin design band with triangle reserves enclosing flowers encircles the central design. The interior sides of the dish have an upper diaper-dot band and a lower scallop or swag border.

Pattern Names: Two People before a Walled Pavilion





Porcelain (hard-paste)


Overall (H x W x D): 13/16 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (2.06 cm x 19.05 cm x 13.97 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1950

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Colors (Beta)

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