A Chinese Export European Teapot Stand, Circa 1765 The tray depicts Orpheus playing his lyre, looking behind him and thus losing Eurydice forever. He is loosely covered by a flowing red robe. Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 inches NY05967 Reference: Howard, David and John Ayers. China for the West: Chinese Porcelain & Other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection. Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications, Great Britain. 1978. pp.337 for example of subject, thought to have originated from a Dutch-decorated porcelain piece sent as a pattern: ...decorated with a naïve drawing en grisalle of Orpheus playing his lyre, seated on what appears to be a vaulting horse with a bushy tree toppling over one end. Clearly the Chinese painter had no idea what this background was
The irregular vaulting horse may originally have been a dark cloud. Hervouet, Francois and Nicole, Yves Bruneau. La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes: A Decor Occidental. Flammarion, Paris, France. p. 296, plate 13.20 for illustration of Orpheus, ;c. 1745.
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