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Source Description:

Print La Terre from a set of the Four elements, an etching by by Pierre Aveline, after  a drawing by François Boucher, published by Gabriel Huquier1738-1749.

Additional Image:

The other side of the mug shows another chinoiserie scene representing Le Feu (Fire).  A stall holder pours a cup of tea for a seated archer with a quiver of arrows on his back.  The stall has a number of utensils suspended from a frame.  It is printed in black with over-colouring.  This design is also found on Worcester porcelain.  For more information see, English Ceramic Circle publication, Bow Porcelain, On-glaze Prints and their Sources, Gordon and Sue Guy-Jones


Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Chinese, Asian and Other Exotic Themes

Date: c. 1760-1762


  • Diameter: 2.95 in (7.50 cm)
  • Height: 3.82 in (9.70 cm)

Maker: Bow


This bell shaped Bow mug is printed in black with two chinoiserie designs representing the Elements.  One side, depicting La Terre (Earth), shows a Chinese woman standing in a garden setting, leaning her left arm on an urn.  On the ground to the right is an Chinese man offering her a potted plant.  The design occurs at an earlier date on Worcester and later on Bristol hard-paste porcelain.