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This extravagant design was originally made in China, probably for export to the Portuguese and Brazilian markets.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