Chinese 18th-century Tobacco Leaf porcelain
from the collection of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
This extravagant design was originally made in China, probably for export to the Portuguese and Brazilian markets. Of all the 18th-century dinnerware patterns, this was the most highly prized. A small phoenix bird perches on the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant. Twenty-seven colors and 22k gold make up this pattern based on an original in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tobacco Leaf Place Setting
Tobacco Leaf Cup and Saucer
Tobacco Leaf Vase
Tobacco Leaf Planter