Vintage Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf Shell Dish

Just right for serving small delicacies, relishes, sweets – you name it! This dish, in one of Mottahedeh’s most prized patterns, works equally well on your dining table, coffee table, your entrance table for keys, dressing table for corralling jewelry… Again, like most things today, you are only limited to your imagination!

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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.




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