Produced circa 1780 and likely crafted initially for the Portuguese and Brazilian markets, Tobacco Leaf Cachepot stands out as one of the most prized Chinese Export patterns. Examples of this design can also be found in other European countries and in North America, flaunting the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant with a small phoenix perched atop and carrying a flowering twig in its beak. Requiring twenty-eight colors, including 22K gold, as well as five firings in order to recreate this exquisite piece, Tobacco Leaf Cachepot is an authorized reproduction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elegant and timeless, this handmade porcelain from Portugal serves as a reminder of the joyous exuberance of the Tobacco Leaf pattern.
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