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On View Louise du Pont Crowninshield Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Ignaz Preissler (German, 1676-1741)
  • Incense holder (Buddha Lion), about 1690
  • Porcelain
  • Dehua, China
  • H: 10 1/4 in, W: 5 in, D: 3 3/4 in (H: 26.0 cm, W: 12.7 cm, D: 9.5 cm)
  • Museum purchase with funds donated, in part, by the Asian Export Art Visiting Committee
  • AE86481


Dehua Buddhistic lion, ca. 1700 overdecorated by Ignaz Preissler ca. 1710 with scenes taken from Theodore De Bry's 'Voyages to America' of an alligator hunt. The overdecorated designs are well documented and represent a particularly early example of Preissler's work. Notably, they may be the earliest representation of an American subject on porcelain. De Bry's designs were probably adapted from drawings done by Jacob Le Moyne on an early survey of the Florida coast. Rene Laudonniere commanded three French ships on an exploratory mission to the coast of Florida in 1564. Jacob Le Moyne, a French Hugenot accompanied the fleet as artist and geographer. His drawings of Florida were later copied by Theodore De Bry as illustrations in De Bry's 'Voyages to America' (volume two on Florida), published in Frankfurt in 1591. De Bry's Voyages were republished several times between 1591 and 1634.