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On View Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon Staircase and Galleries, level 1

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Charger, 1680-1720
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • Museum Purchase, 2003
  • AE86448

INSCRIPTION

de slad eijmoij

DESCRIPTION

Chinese export blue and white historical charger, ca. 1680-1720. Painted over the entire surface with a birds-eye view of a port with the inscription de slad eijmoij. The unusual decoration on this charger documents the early Dutch involvement in China. The inscription "De slad Eijmoeij" seems to be a phonetic misspelling of the Dutch words "the city [Amoy]". The view of Amoy [Xiamen] does not display any European presence, but the port proved important in the attempts to establish a permanent foothold for trade on the Chinese mainland.