One of the most prized of Chinese Export patterns, it was developed circa 1780, probably for the Portuguese and Brazilian markets – though examples have also been found in other European countries and in North America. The design shows the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant upon which a small phoenix perches bearing a flowering twig in its beak.
This exact reproduction requires:
- twenty-eight colors
- 22K gold detailing
- five firings to manufacture
The joyous exuberance of the Tobacco Leaf pattern is undiminished by time.
Tobacco Leaf is an authorized reproduction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.