A pair of famille rose export 'Bower' pattern plates Early Qianlong
Lot 144
A pair of famille rose export 'Bower' pattern plates
Early Qianlong
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 7,878) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of famille rose export 'Bower' pattern plates
Early Qianlong
Attributed to Cornelis Pronk, each finely painted and gilt with a central scene of ladies and boys at leisure in a riverside garden, gathering around an arbour with clambering flowering plants, within a pale green ground geometric design border reserved with cartouches of butterflies, insects, fruit and flower sprays and iron red shell and acanthus leaf motifs, the exterior rims with a band of foliate pendants. 20.2cm (8in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • For an example of this design of dish in the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, see 'Chinese Export Porcelain, Chine de Commande', D.F Lunsingh Scheurleer, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, pl. 202 and p. 221.
    Also, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Winter 2003, 'Chinese Export Porcelain', Clare Le Corbeiller and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, pl. 27, p. 26, where it states that this design is accepted as the last of four commissioned from Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759) by the VOC between 1736 and 1739. No preliminary drawing survives, but in subject matter and decorative scheme it is consistent with the style of Pronk's recorded design for his 'Parasol' and 'Doctors' patterns. Distinguishing features are a narrative subject matter that hovers between Chinese and chinoiserie, border designs that combine Chinese and stylised European decorative elements and vivid colour combinations.
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