Antoine Watteau had a brief but influential career as a painter in France at the turn of the Eighteenth Century. The vast majority of his works are the kind of scenes we have come to expect from that period: powdered aristocrats in landscaped gardens; lovers, also in landscaped gardens; the occasional fête gallante, again, in a landscaped garden. Watteau painted with a cool pallet of muted greens, blues, and yellows, occasionally punctuated by a splash of red on a coat or azure on a vest. Most of the figures he depicted are rendered in only a few layers of paint, giving them an illustrated quality that we now associate with cartoons. It is style of painting, both in form and subject-matter, that readily lent itself to the decoration of tea sets and dinnerware.