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Meissen porcelain plate

The Constance I. and Ralph H. Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain

Stand features several elaborate scenes. The small scenes around the rim of the stand represent astronomy, zoology, geometry, and chemistry. In the well, the main scene depicts a seated man drinking tea while another plays a dice game. They are joined by a Moorish woman, a monkey, and two standing men in this lush landscape. The entire group is watched over by a fire-breathing flying dragon and two smaller birds. Fanciful scenes like these were assembled into a pattern book called the