“This yeare in the summer time came up a vessel or bason notched at the brims to let drinking glasses hang there by the foot so that the body or drinking place might stand in the water to cool them. Such a bason was called a ‘Monteigh’ from a fantastical Scot called ‘Monsieur Monteigh’ who at that time or a little before wore the bottoms of his cloake or coate so notched U U U U.”
One of the most prized of Chinese Export patterns, Tobacco Leaf 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. Mottahedeh holds a license to reproduce this classic pattern from museum pieces in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This exact and authorized reproduction requires twenty-eight colors including 22K gold and five firings to manufacture. The joyous exuberance of the Tobacco Leaf pattern is undiminished by time.