European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
BowlMade in Meissen, Germany, Europe
Made by the Meissen porcelain factory, Meissen, Germany, 1710 - present
Hard-paste porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration
Currently not on view
1913-547Gift of Alfred Duane Pell, 1913
LabelThis bowl is part of a service that the Dutch stadtholder (viceroy or lieutenant governor) William V received as a gift from the Dutch East India Company, a chartered company founded in 1602 to oversee Dutch trade with East Asia. The service was decorated with landscapes and cityscapes of the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. The scene on this bowl, showing the port town of Batavia (modern-day Jakarta, Indonesia), is probably after a drawing by Johannes Rach (1720–1783).