- Museum number
'Famille rose' coffee cup and saucer, with a monk molesting a young woman. The scene on this set shows a tonsured monk in a brown monk's habit and sandals, abandoning his bible and rosary to seize a young rustic woman in a tightly laced bodice, long skirt, shawl and mob-cap, who is pushing him away. They are depicted under a tree with a church and a river bank in the background, and only a dog watching.
- Production date
- 1750-1770 (circa)
Height: 6.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The subject is both erotic and satirical. It probably derives from a popular print which satirised the hypocracy of the Church whose monks swore a vow of celibacy but did not necessarily observe it. Erotic subjects were extremely popular with the European market and numerous mildly pornographic designs were copied onto or specially created for Chinese porcelain during the 18th century (see also BM 1980.28.297 and BM Franks. 752+). Other pieces with identical decoration include a plate in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (no. C.79-1963), and another in a private collection (Hervouet and Bruneau, 1986, no. 7.113).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
1995 27 Jan-26 Mar, London, BM, G91, East Meets West: Chinese Trade Ceramics in the British Museum
- Acquisition date
- Registration number