Factory Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory British

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The image of a rhinoceros is derived from a woodcut of 1515 by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), re-issued and copied many times in the ensuing centuries. An Indian rhinoceros belonging to King Manuel I of Portugal was the inspiration for the Dürer work. It was used for the decoration of a large dish in a Meissen porcelain service given to Britain's envoy to the Dresden court in 1745–52, Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. He sent the service to England. The rhinoceros dish was borrowed by the Chelsea Factory, with other pieces from the service, to be copied.

Dish, Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58), Soft-paste porcelain, British, Chelsea

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